Energy efficiency is a powerful, but very misunderstood energy resource. Here at Sealed we see the good, the bad, and the ugly every day. Unfortunately, policymakers, investors, partners, and other stakeholders do not always appreciate the true opportunities and challenges in this market.
The three biggest misconceptions we hear people talking about are:
Customers care the most about lowering energy bills
Better financing is the highest impact solution
Efficiency is too messy and complicated to scale
These misconceptions cause real damage in the market because they lead to policies, business models, and marketing strategies that will inevitably fail.
Do you heat your home with oil? If so, you are part of a small minority nationwide that’s continues shrinking every year. Compared to 48 percent of gas-heated homes, only 5.3% of homes in the U.S. used oil for heating in 2014, down from 7.6% in 2005.
And it makes sense—even with the oil price around $60 per barrel, natural gas still remains up to three times cheaper per unit of energy. Oil-to-gas conversions are one of specialties here at Sealed, so let’s dive right in!
Aging houses and aging men have a lot more in common than you would think. Both can get somewhat rickety, develop structural issues, and start sagging a bit. Happens to the best of us in our golden years.
But the best idea so far came from a certain Republican presidential hopeful, who shared his views with us in a phone interview recently. “HAIR PLUGS!”