Read the HPwES Program Report (1.49MB) which outlines the Department's plans for continued evolution of the HPwES Program.
Check out our new project tracking dashboards, which offer a region-by-region review of where HPwES projects are happening.
The national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR team recognizes 14 Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Sponsors receiving a 2013 ENERGY STAR Award. Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. Congratulations to all 118 awardees and specifically the HPwES Program’s 14 award-winning Sponsors.
The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR team congratulates 97 participating contractors who are receiving the 2012 Century Club Award. The Century Club Award recognizes participating contractors that have used a whole-house approach to improve the energy performance of 100 or more homes in the past year as part of their local Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.
On Jan. 29, 2013, the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR team hosted a webinar to review the newly released HPwES Program Report (1.5MB). In follow up to last year's efforts to gather and review comments from the HPwES community, the Report presented the action plan for evolving HPwES and is based on over 650 comments received on the proposed changes collectively known as HPwES v2.0.
Stakeholders' comments were based on the proposed changes (4.1MB) that the Department introduced in March 2012. For more information on the proposal, the Department developed a webinar series, FAQs (805KB), and hosted a Q&A session (251KB) for interested industry stakeholders.
On January 3, 2013, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 , which includes an extended tax credit for incremental residential energy efficiency improvements (Title IV- Energy Tax Extenders, Section 25C). As homeowners consider investing in their Home Performance with ENERGY STAR project, remember homeowners can claim credits for energy efficiency measures installed in 2012 and 2013. Homeowners can receive 10% credit for approved measures, not to exceed $500 in total credits including all tax credits received prior to 2013.
Energy efficiency measures eligible for the credit include the following products:
To receive the tax credit, homeowners need to enter information about the cost of their installation measures in their 2012 or 2013 tax returns. Only costs for materials can be claimed. Labor costs are not eligible for the energy tax credit. Homeowners should keep a copy of the product and manufacturer information on file.
For more information on product eligibility, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewable and Efficiency , or the Tax Incentives Assistance Project .