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iSpring Completes Evaluation Project for Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

EnergyWorks LogoWe are thrilled to share that iSpring recently completed an evaluation of the residential EnergyWorks program, a five-county energy efficiency program led by the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS) and funded by a grant from the Department of Energy as part of the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program (BBNP).  EnergyWorks was one of many programs funded through BBNP and focused on the following goals:

  1. Grow the market for energy efficiency in the Greater Philadelphia Region
  2. Expand the number of contractors in the private energy efficiency industry
  3. Complete 2,000 energy efficient retrofits of private residential homes

The first phase of the program ended on September 30, 2013, and iSpring spent several months analyzing available program data and interviewing program partners, key personnel, and auditors and contractors participating in the program.  iSpring identified key trends in the data as it related to auditors, contractors, audit completions, retrofit completions, loans, costs and energy savings.  Additionally, iSpring evaluated the program’s impact against its stated goals and found that the program met most of its goals.

“It was exciting to work on this evaluation because I, personally, had participated in the program and had written extensively about my experience for Grid Magazine,” said iSpring Principal Samantha Wittchen.  “It was very interesting to dig into the data and evaluate the program’s overall regional impact, which was extremely positive.”

To complete the analysis, the team compared EnergyWorks to other comparable BBNP programs.  These programs varied widely in structure and results and presented a survey of different ways to approach an energy efficiency program.  Based on the analysis, the iSpring developed a set of conclusions and lessons learned about what worked well and what could be improved for future programs. The conclusions cover topics related to administrative structure, auditor and contractor management, customer interaction, conversion rates, data collection and funding.

“iSpring became quickly familiar with our program and dug deep into the data to perform a detailed analysis. The end product was a well prepared and in-depth evaluation report that provided our team with new insights and valuable recommendations,” said Katherine Gajewski, Director of MOS for the City of Philadelphia.  MOS will be releasing a condensed version of the report to the public this spring.

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