Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU)

Gainesville, Florida


ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Energy Efficiency Program Delivery

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU)

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) is the first utility in Florida to develop a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. GRU is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for building a strong contractor infrastructure, which has changed the traditional stand alone delivery of HVAC to the comprehensive approach. Key accomplishments in 2009 include:

  • Maintaining relationships with partnering contractors under challenging economic conditions by offering free and/or reduced cost training series.
  • Requiring that all Home Performance with ENERGY STAR jobs are reviewed with an established verification or inspection method, ensuring quality, and supporting partnering contractors.
  • Facilitating the completion of 451 home performance improvements in 2009, a dramatic increase over the previous year's output of 147.
  • Establishing a rebate program to offset initial homeowner investment and helping homeowners determine which improvement package best fits their needs.
  • Expanding Home Performance with ENERGY STAR market awareness with an Energy Makeover contest.
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