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Tools and services for improving a home’s energy efficiency — things like Energy Star appliances, home energy audits and green roofing materials — often lack the glitz and gadget-appeal of solar panels and other highly visible signs that a homeowner has “gone green.” But according to […]

Tools and services for improving a home’s energy efficiency — things like Energy Star appliances, home energy audits and green roofing materials — often lack the glitz and gadget-appeal of solar panels and other highly visible signs that a homeowner has “gone green.” But according to a new report out today from Pike Research, energy efficiency retrofits, products and services for the residential building market are poised to see a wave of growth as the U.S. pulls out of recession over the next five years.

In particular, Pike forecasts that the home energy auditing market will nearly triple to $23 billion by 2014, up from $8.1 billion last year. The market for efficiency improvements along the lines of roofing and window replacements and upgrades for HVAC systems and appliances will increase to $50.2 billion by 2014, up from $38.3 billion in 2009, the firm predicts. And Energy Star refrigerators and clothes washers could generate revenues of $21.9 billion to $33.2 billion between 2009 and 2014.

After what Pike describes as “a long period of obscurity” for energy efficiency — not to mention a major slowdown in new home sales and remodeling — what’s driving this growth? A big part of it comes from federal, state and local governments offering incentives, tightening building codes (one of our 4 Green Building Trends to Watch in 2010) and developing new green building requirements.

But there’s more to it, says Pike managing director Clint Wheelock. “A number of factors are converging to make energy efficient residential products and services a hot sector over the next several years,” he notes in today’s release, including environmental awareness among consumers and new offerings and rebates from product makers. And As Geoff Chapin, chief executive for home energy retrofitter Next Step Living, told us recently, rebates from utilities for homeowners to get energy audits, install insulation or take other steps to reduce their energy use are also helping to boost business for energy efficiency companies.

But Pike voices concern that the residential efficiency market could see short-lived growth if government programs like President Obama’s so-called “cash for caulkers” initiative supporting home energy retrofits comes to an end at some point. However, regulations like California’s new green building code, adopted last month and taking effect next year, have staying power. And there’s nothing like the simple progression of time to spur interest in some of these technologies and services: Pike anticipates that the aging U.S. housing stock, along with rising utility prices in coming years, will help buoy demand for energy efficiency products.

Photos courtesy of Flickr user O b s k u r a

By Josie Garthwaite

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  1. Great, important, common sense stuff – if only more people will appreciate what they / we have and be more thoughtful.

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  2. Everyone paying income taxes can benefit AND contribute in a big way to the environment, the economy, etc., in a program where one can purchase solar power equipment or buy into a solar power production plant with no out of pocket expense – NO COST – and requiring no money in advance either. They have the cost of their SOLAR THERMAL down to $3 per Watt (installed) and becomes FREE after applying tax benefits – explained here: http://www.tnns.org/energy

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  3. This is a good news for those who pursue “green living”. I’m sure with this new, I lot of people will be encourage to purchase energy efficient products which are economical and eco-friendly. Products such as window tints are best buys. ENERGY STAR rates appliances with returns on investment of 4-5 years while window film can offer much faster return while at the same time making you more comfortable. Free information on types of window films or window tints are available at http://www.TintBuyer.com. Window film reduce the amount of time your air conditioner needs to run to reach a comfortable temperature thereby saving you money and helping to protect the environment. Window film is a known and trusted “Green” technology.

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  4. Great, important, common sense stuff – if only more people will appreciate what they / we have and be more thoughtful.

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  5. With all of the new products and incentives, implementing renewable energy or energy efficiency is getting more and more complicated. I am thinking about installing a solar water system in my house and have had trouble navigating all of the tax credits. Here is a great article with some good resources for these problems as well as some simpler solutions to saving you money. http://thegreenertruth.com/2010/02/personal-renewable-energy/

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  6. [...] that goal, while highlighting the urgency to commercialize low-cost green alternatives and making efficiency look like a pretty good deal. Graphic courtesy of the International Energy Agency's CCS [...]

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