Go Green and Make Money Doing It!
Energize Delaware recently hosted training for nearly 70 contractors and energy auditors from across the state. The program focused on how energy efficiency can make a difference in Delaware through contractor and auditor partners. The participants work in home energy assessments and weatherization, including crawlspace encapsulation, insulation, and air sealing professionals along with HVAC installation. The contractors participate in Energize Delaware’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program (HPwES), the Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (AHPwES) and/or the Home Energy Counseling and Check-up Program (HEC2). The programs help Delawareans change the way they use energy at home. Energize Delaware programs begin with an energy assessment. After the assessment, if a homeowner wants to move forward, the HPwES Program requires the homeowner to hire a program-participating contractor. Energize Delaware then offers the homeowner incentives in the form of rebates on energy efficiency upgrades made to their home as identified through the audit. Rebates are available for weatherization measures such as insulation, air sealing, crawlspace encapsulation, and energy efficiency upgrades like heat pumps, mini-splits, boilers, furnaces, heat pump water heaters, etc tankless water heaters, ventilation equipment, and more. The cost of an HPwES assessment is $50. The AHPwES and the HEC2 program offer low-to-moderate-income homeowners and renters (with landlord approval) reduced costs on energy assessments, education, and products and put them in contact with additional services to assist residents. The two programs range from $0-$25, depending on income. For more about Energize Delaware Programs or to become a participating contractor, visit www.EnergizeDelaware.org or call 877-524-1339 to schedule your home energy assessment.