Evaluation Activites

National Evaluation of the Weatherization Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Weatherization Assistance Program was created in 1976 to deliver energy conservation services to low-income Americans.  The first comprehensive evaluation of the program was conducted in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and was performed in part by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Then in 2005 DOE announced that it would undertake a new national evaluation of the Program.  The project team, lead by members of the Society-Technology Interactions group at ORNL, consists of 41 person network committee as well as other expert and peer review committees.

The goals for the ongoing evaluation are as follows:

  • Estimate energy savings and cost effectiveness for Program Years 2007 and 2008
  • Estimate non-energy benefits for PY 2008
  • Conduct process evaluation for PY 2008
  • Conduct special technical studies during PY 2009 – related to air and duct sealing, refrigerators, air conditioning, furnaces
  • Conduct occupant and weatherization staff surveys during PY 2009
  • Oversample billing histories for state specific energy savings estimates (if funded by states)

National Weatherization Training Conference Presentation

Additonal resources, including the large evaluation plan report, can be found at weatherization.ornl.gov

For more information, contact:
Bruce Tonn (tonnbe@ornl.gov, 865-574-4041)