As new federal air conditioning efficiency standards are implemented, the potential for achieving incremental savings by promoting higher efficiency equipment is becoming limited. Nonetheless, significant savings can be obtained by promoting better installation and sizing practices. This paper reports on one large utility' results in implementing a market transformation program to improve AC installation practices.
In 2003, TXU Electric Delivery began implementing an AC Installer and Information Market Transformation Program. This program was designed to encourage quality installation practices based upon the Consortium for Energy Efficiency Quality Installation Standards. The impacts of this program were measured by comparing the installation practices of installers who had completed training efforts offered through the program against those of nonparticipating air conditioning technicians, both within the utility's service area and in adjacent utility service areas.
For the past three years, annual surveys of participants and non-participants have been conducted. The results of these surveys indicate that: