[53] Facilitating efficiency

Convincing consumers of energy efficiency is a recurring theme [8, 27]. This 2013 article proposed to package energy efficiency into a broader value proposition.

Five years later, promoting energy efficiency at the retail level remains an elusive challenge.

The future is in specialised facilitators that coordinate between solution providers while interacting with consumers. Or it could be in embedding energy efficiency into user-friendly energy services, providing electricity, heat and transport to residences. New business models are key, and are emerging rapidly for novel energy technologies such as electric vehicles, home automation, heat pumps and solar energy.

[3] Energy efficiency does not happen by itself

Extreme conditions can be useful to explore boundaries. With a cost of 100 $ per gallon, not to talk about the human cost of getting fuel to the frontline, efficiency measures become increasingly cost effective. Still not all cost-effective measures are being pursued due to other priorities. What hope do we have if energy efficiency doesn’t even make it to the battlefield, where its absence costs lives and 100 $/gallon?