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HOME PERFORMANCE WITH ENERGY STAR

In this issue:
 New! Resources Online
 Century Club Award Winners for Participating Contractors
 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards
 New! Consumer Brochure
 Change the World Campaign
 Tax Credit Information
 Reminder - Join us at the National Symposium


New Resources Available for Sponsors and Participating Contractors!

The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR team recently added several new resources to help participants promote and deliver Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES).

NEW resources include:

  • Promotional video This short video helps you explain the value of HPwES to your customers.
  • Business form templates Lead qualification, test-in and test-out forms, and a concise summary report.
  • New business tools and information An Air Sealing Pricing Report and a utility bill disaggregation tool to help you enhance your home performance contracting services.
  • Enhanced marketing toolkit features Upload your company name and logo to make customized ENERGY STAR branded brochures, ads, and fact sheets. New enhancements allow you to use your own background images.
  • Downloadable house graphics Help your customers visualize the common problems found in many homes and how the services you provide can solve them.

Visit the marketing resources web page for a more detailed description of these resources, or sign into My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA) to access these materials and more! If you do not currently have access to MESA, please contact your local Sponsor to request access. Sponsors can request access by contacting homeperformance@energystar.gov.

Awards and Recognition

Century Club Awards

Congratulations to the contractors and consultants who reported more than 100 HPwES jobs in 2008. These market leaders are making a difference in their community by promoting a whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort at home, while helping to protect the environment.

This year's winners are:

GreenHomes America

New York

Strand Brothers

Texas

Hughesco of Buffalo

New York

Comfort Home Improvement of Syracuse

New York

Comfort Home Improvement of Rochester

New York

Duerst Insulation Technicians

Wisconsin

Zero Draft of Central NY, Inc.

New York

Standard Insulating Company, Inc.

New York

Superior Heat Company, LLC

New York

John Betlam Heating and Cooling, Inc.

New York

Hughesco of Rochester

New York

Crossfield Heating and Air Conditioning

New York

Wonder Home Performance

New York

All Star Energy/Home Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning

New York

Home Visions West

Oregon

Zero Draft of the Capital District

New York

ARS

Texas

North Star Energy Consulting, LLC

Wisconsin

Zanner & Ritter, Inc.

New York

Cen-Tex Thermal

Texas

Town Insulation

New York

 

 

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards

Each year, the U.S. EPA and Department of Energy honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The following sponsors have led the way in Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, and were recognized at our national awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 31st.

ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Wisconsin Focus on Energy
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Austin Energy

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
Energy Trust of Oregon

Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion
Maryland Energy Administration

Special Recognition
'West Penn Power Sustainability Energy Fund

NEW! Consumer Brochure Hot off the press!

A new Home Performance with ENERGY STAR consumer brochure is now available. The new brochure explains the benefits of HPwES, common recommendations that home improvement contractors make, and new before and after home graphics that show the value of whole-house assessments and improvements. Sponsors can request brochures by contacting hotline@energystar.gov. Contractors please make sure to send your brochure request to your sponsor.

Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR Campaign

Join the campaign and distinguish your organization as an energy-efficient and environmental leader. In 2009, consider becoming a pledge driver and help educate consumers on how they can save money and protect the environment with ENERGY STAR. The ENERGY STAR Pledge includes everyday actions, such as changing a light to one that has earned the ENERGY STAR, enabling computers to power down when not in use, having heating and cooling equipment tuned-up by a professional, and sealing and insulating the home envelope. Pledgers are also encouraged to find out if Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is available in their area.

Visit the Change the World web page to get more information about how the campaign can expand your current marketing efforts, or contact Melissa Klein at klein.melissa@epa.gov.

Tax Credits

The passage of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has brought changes to the energy efficiency tax credits available. A detailed and updated list of these tax credits can be found at ENERGY STARs Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency. Start using tax credits in your sales presentation today!

Friendly Reminder! - Come join us for the National Symposium and stay for the ACI Conference

The National Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Symposium will be held on April 27 in Kansas City, MO (8:30am to 4:30pm) and provides a unique opportunity for Home Performance sponsors, contractors, and others to exchange ideas, promote best practices, and improve delivery of services. Come join us at the ACI conference to get a jump-start on what will surely be an exciting and dynamic year for energy efficiency programs! As weve done in the past, we will have an HPwES 101 session on Sunday evening from 7:00 to 8:30pm for those who are just getting started with HPwES. Go to www.affordablecomfort.org to register for symposium and view the conference agenda.

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