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Pulling the Trigger: Increasing Home Energy Savings

In California, the Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan calls for 100 percent of existing homes to reduce energy use by either 30 percent or 70 percent over 2008 levels. However, progress toward the goals outlined in the strategic plan is not moving ahead quickly enough; at the current rate, it will take 290 years to reach the targets set out in the plan to be achieved within the next eight years. This paper presents the case for deploying statewide policies, alongside private financing innovations, that are capable of moving the entire residential market forward along an accelerated energy efficiency pathway.