We combine our advanced expertise with hands-on field experience, customer insights, and rigorous economic filters to identify the market potential for a range of programs and technologies in all customer sectors.

Although prepaid electricity is common in some regions of the world, it is relatively new to the US. But there is a growing interest in finding out whether paying for your electricity use in advance would change or reduce your overall consumption. Could an energy efficiency program capture energy savings simply by changing when you pay your bill from after use to before? More
We conducted an in-depth study of 100 high energy consumption homes in Minnesota. The goal was to help conservation program managers better understand the factors contributing to high usage, quantify the energy savings potential associated with common conservation measures, and identify program strategies that could be used to effectively target those opportunities. Watch our three-part video series IN THIS PLAYLIST: More
We also characterized Wisconsin’s rental sector based on a statewide sample of 180 rental properties, ranging from single-family rental homes to large apartment buildings. The study provided a statistically representative picture of building characteristics, appliances and equipment; benchmarked energy usage; assessed energy efficiency opportunities; and explored linkages between energy efficiency opportunities and knowledge, attitudes and behavior on the part of building tenants, owners and managers. More
We characterized energy use in Minnesota’s multifamily sector and identified untapped energy efficiency opportunities. We also explored energy-related behaviors and attitudes of multifamily building owners and tenants. Our research team sampled 120 buildings across the state; gathered information from building owners and tenants through on-line and mail surveys; and evaluated the payback period of 25 common energy and water savings measures in multifamily housing. More
The manufactured home market offers an affordable housing option—and sometimes the only option—for many would-be homeowners. Residents of manufactured homes (also known as mobile homes) are more likely to be low-income than residents of other single-family homes, and energy costs may comprise a larger portion of their monthly expenses. More
In this work, Seventhwave conducted primary and secondary research on the small commercial sector in Minnesota. The objective of this research is to provide insights on energy use and attitudes toward energy and to inform energy efficiency program designs that address barriers to participation. More
We conducted research on residential heating and cooling systems in Minnesota homes to help improve installation and maintenance practices for furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps. The study is supported by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources and will provide useful information for existing efficiency programs run by Minnesota’s electric and natural gas utilities. More
Small embedded data centers (SEDCs) are one of the fastest growing end uses of electrical energy in commercial buildings and are estimated to account for nearly one percent of the total electricity use in the U.S. By some accounts, as much as one third of this usage is unnecessary, but this premise has not been addressed by Focus on Energy programs or by most device manufacturers. More
On behalf of Focus on Energy’s Environmental and Economic Research and Development Program (EERD), Seventhwave collected information from Wisconsin businesses on their light levels and associated lighting system characteristics. This information will help Focus on Energy address savings opportunities from optimizing light levels by identifying appropriate program offerings and resources. More