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Title: Residential Energy Efficiency Potential: New York


Energy used by New York single-family homes that can be saved through cost-effective improvements. Prepared by Eric Wilson and Noel Merket, NREL, and Erin Boyd, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis.

  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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USDOE Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis
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United States
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; ResStock; residential; EPSA; state; energy efficiency

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Wilson, Eric J. Residential Energy Efficiency Potential: New York. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Wilson, Eric J. Residential Energy Efficiency Potential: New York. United States.
Wilson, Eric J. 2017. "Residential Energy Efficiency Potential: New York". United States. doi:.
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