While utilities’ energy-efficiency program budgets rise, a disconnect exists between industry stakeholders and efficiency programs which has inhibited these budgets from stemming a multiyear slide in unitary shipments and sales, and replacement rates of legacy HVAC residential systems. So says a recent report from the Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International Research and Education Foundation’s Center for Energy Efficiency Optimization. Download the report, titled “Optimizing Residential HVAC Efficiency Programs” for more details.