Also called the "households" sector. Describes buildings used as private dwellings and the activities within them.

Netherlands

Energy Savings in Greenhouse Horticulture (GLAMI)

2001

To improve the efficiency of greenhouse horticulture by 65%, relative to 1980, the Dutch government supports the industry in reducing the use of fossil energy, in growing production and use of renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The government uses a negotiated agreement with the horticulture industry (Glami Convenant) and efficiency standards (Greenhouse Horticulture Orders in Council). This is a public-private partnership with costs shared.

Ireland

Energy Awareness Week and Staff Special Offers

1999

"Energy Awareness Week" is an annual programme, co-ordinated by the Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), which aims to create greater awareness for consumers of the importance of sustainable energy with reference to matters such as sources of energy, the various environmental impacts and national/international obligations. SEI is also available to help companies organise their own events, providing Energy Awareness leaflets and a Staff Special Offer Campaign for Self Audit Firms.

Austria

Energy Consulting for Households: klima:aktiv leben to Employ Chimney-Sweepers as Climate Ambassadors

2005

Part of the larger Austrian climate strategy, the klima:aktiv leben campaign partners with the nations chimney sweepers to publicize energy efficiency measures in residences. In selecting the chimney sweepers as climate ambassadors, the Austrian government recognized the chimney sweepers role as the first contact with ecological aspects of heating.

Canada

City of Toronto TowerWise Program

TowerWise was started in 2007 by Toronto Atmospheric Fund to focus on reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto's residential high-rises. By removing barriers, such as lack of financing and low awareness, TowerWise helps these buildings reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and energy use by 30%. Through a combination of innovative financial products, technical research, and policy development, TowerWise has accelerated adoption of energy efficiency technologies in Toronto.

Australia

YourEnergySavings.gov.au

2014

YourEnergySavings.gov.au is the place to go to for households to find a huge range of easy-to-read, practical information on how to save energy, cut power bills and water use, reduce waste and travel smarter. It also has up-to-date summaries of all government energy efficiency and sustainability rebates and assistance.  

YourEnergySavings.gov.au replaces LivingGreener.gov.au

Germany

Implementation of EU Directives

EU mandatory labelling: Member States have the responsibility (in addition to transposition and compliance) to ensure that the labelling schemes are accompanied by educational and promotional information campaigns aimed at encouraging more responsible use of energy by private customers. Germany has implemented the EU labelling Directive 2010/30/EU for energy-related products (see related policies) in the Energy Consumption Labelling Act and the Energy Consumption Labelling Ordinance (EnVKG and EnVKV).

Canada

Good Energy Residential Incentives Program (Yukon)

2014

This program supports Yukoners in renovating existing homes or in building new super-insulated homes to achieve greater energy savings.  Incentives are offered on renovations that improve the air tightness and insulation of existing homes, such as heat recovery ventilation, windows and doors, air sealing and insulation improvements. Another component of the new program offers an incentive to reduce the capital costs of installing smaller-scale, residential renewable energy system to generate electricity.

Slovakia

Act No. 314 / 2012 Coll. on Regular Inspections of Boilers, Heating Systems and Air-conditioning Systems

2007

The Act No. 17/2007 Coll. on Regular Inspections of Boilers, Heating Systems and Air-conditioning Systems and related Decrees which implement the Act (No. 195/2008 Coll. and No. 548/2008 Coll.), define the procedures and set the intervals for regular inspection of boilers, one-off inspection of heating systems and inspection of air-conditioning systems. The Act also defines the professional expertise for those inspections. They implement the Directive 2002/91/EC (EPBD) aiming at the improvement of the energy efficiency of buildings.

Canada

Quebec Refrigerator Replacement for Low Income Households (Hydro Quebec)

2014

Low-income households may qualify for a reduced-price energy-efficient refrigerator replacing their old unit and must pay $75, $95 or $120, based on the size of the appliance selected.

United States

Appliances and Commercial Equipment Standards Program

2006

The Department of Energys Appliances and Commercial Equipment Standards Program follows a set schedule for setting new appliance efficiency standards. The schedule commits the US government to issue standards by 2011 for all products requiring regulatory revision. The five-year plan, developed in 2005 and released January 31, 2006, outlines how DOE will address the appliance standards rulemaking backlog and meet the statutory requirements established in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005), the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007), or Backlog (before EPAct 2005).

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