Detailed Findings Regarding Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Energy efficiency upgrades was on topic as part of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) fourth-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) survey which polled 621 NARi members who are part of the research panel.

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A dominant proportion of remodelers—80 percent—discussed energy efficiency with homeowners. Interestingly, 94 percent of remodelers are involved in one or more energy savings upgrades, with added insulation, high R windows and high efficiency furnaces being the most popular.

Discussions about energy efficiency are not typically initiated by homeowners.

“Unless the client brings this up early in the conversation,” says one remodeler, “we initiate the thought because it’s important to us and future generations.”

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Consumers are interested in finding ways to save energy usage as well as remodelers. The top concern is cost followed by the amount of money that will be saved and how long it will take to reap the savings.

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Of note is that 94% of remodelers are involved in one or more types of energy savings upgrades. On average, 4.7 types of upgrades are regularly done. Added insulation, high R windows and high efficiency furnaces are the most popular.


Regular Energy Savings Upgrades By Region

With modest sample sizes, most differences between regions were not significant. Some areas that showed significant differences were:

  • High efficiency air conditioning was higher in the South than in the Midwest and West. The Northeast was also higher than the West.
  • Tankless water heaters were significantly less popular in the Midwest than all the other regions.
  • High R windows were more common in the South than the Northeast.
  • Siding with insulation was significantly higher in the Northeast and Midwest than the West.


Northeast Midwest South West
Number of Respondents 42 72 62 37
Added insulation walls/attic 76% 69% 71% 65%
High R windows 55% 61% 74% 68%
High efficiency furnace 62% 60% 55% 57%
High efficiency lighting 64% 53% 52% 54%
High efficiency air conditioning 60% 43% 65% 27%
Duct insulation 36% 35% 42% 38%
High R exterior doors 36% 35% 31% 22%
Electronic controls that lower energy usage 36% 29% 34% 27%
Siding with insulation 31% 21% 16% 5%
Tankless water heater 43% 19% 52% 54%
Solar hot water 2% 3% 0% 0%
Solar heating 0% 1% 2% 3%

Comments included by panelists noted that future sales will be tied into the energy market.

“Savvy homeowners know that energy-efficient products mean reduced operating costs,” says NARI president, Kevin Anundson, MCR, CKBR. “Now they want to incorporate energy efficiency upgrades as well as remake the space.”

For more information, contact NARI at 847-298-9200.–Susan Swartz

4 thoughts on “Detailed Findings Regarding Energy Efficiency Upgrades

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  2. The information about how high efficiency furnaces was very interesting. Given the information in this article, I can now see why they’re so popular with homeowners. The article stated that homeowners want to be able to save on energy without a long waiting time to see their savings. Installing a high efficiency furnace seems like an effective way to see those results, since it doesn’t seem to take long to see the reward that come with having an upgraded furnace installed in a home.

  3. It seems like being more energy efficient can also help you save money on your energy bill each month. When my wife and I moved into our first apartment, we put window coverings on all of our windows because they were single-pane, and we wanted to keep our home warmer. After installing them we noticed a dramatic change in our power bill, and have been able to make our place much more welcoming. Perhaps there are other ways in which we can save on our utility bills.

  4. Great article! Very informative! I’ve used CFLs and LEDs in my apartment, yes, its effective, they are more efficient than the traditional incandescent.

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