Accelerating Adoption of Energy-Efficient Technology with the Thermalize Model

Lauren Criss-Carboy, Haley Nelson, Jamie Hansen

Research output: NRELPoster


The accelerating impacts of climate change destabilize food systems and ecosystems alongside the communities that rely on them. Thus, climate resilience is a health equity issue at both a physical (relating to biological impacts of pollution and environmental degradation) and a cultural level (loss of subsistence lifestyles, languages, etc). With roughly 20% of US energy-related greenhouse gas emissions stemming from heating, cooling, and powering households, accessible energy-efficient home retrofits are a critical element of climate change mitigation strategies. For communities already producing electricity from renewable sources, like Juneau, incentivizing ductless heat pump upgrades and energy efficiency retrofits provides an accessible pathway to transition households away from oil heating and drastically reduce emissions. Thermalize Juneau is a pilot program that will explore a repeatable framework for accelerating the adoption of energy-efficient technology in Alaska communities. This poster will describe Thermalize Juneau's goals and framework, progress through spring 2021, and future plans.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePresented at the International One Health One Future Conference, 6-11 April 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-5600-79669


  • ductless heat pumps
  • energy efficiency
  • energy transition
  • heat pumps
  • home heating
  • low-carbon
  • renewable
  • sustainability
  • thermalize
  • Thermalize Juneau


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