Energy Star Marks Millionth Upgrade

Launched in 2001, the whole-house efficiency program, Home Performance with Energy Star, involves a network of 1,300 contractors, utilities and nonprofit programs.

authors QR Staff | November 24, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy said a Delaware home was the one millionth American home with energy efficiency improvements from the Home Performance with Energy Star program, which began 20 years ago. Since 2001, the Department of Energy estimates that the program has helped homeowners and renters save $7.7 billion on energy bills and has cut carbon emissions equivalent to a year’s worth of 11 coal-fired power plants. 

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm

Home Performance with Energy Star is a national home improvement program administered by the Department of Energy in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency. It connects homeowners with a network of 1,300 home-performance contractors as well as utility and nonprofit energy efficiency program administrators to make upgrades that save energy and improve home health and comfort. Together with its Weatherization Assistance Program, the DOE estimates that it has serviced almost eight million U.S. homes.

Sponsors and their networks of contractors follow a whole-house approach set by DOE guidelines to assess and improve home energy use with the most comprehensive and economically feasible upgrades, such as air sealing, adding insulation, or installing a new heating and cooling system like an Energy Star-certified heat pump.

Additional savings can be achieved by installing rooftop solar panels, EV chargers, or connected home products like smart thermostats that can monitor and adjust energy use. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will invest in the American workforce to ramp up the manufacturing of solar panels, wind farms, batteries, and electric vehicles to grow clean energy supply chains the U.S. can export to the world.

Energize Delaware, oversaw the energy upgrade of the millionth home in the Home Performance with Energy Star program.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate this national achievement with Secretary Granholm today as we recognize this home and the 9,000 others Energize Delaware has upgraded across the state,” said Tony DePrima, director of Energize Delaware. “The $11.6 million in rebates homeowners received made these upgrades affordable, and now they’re reaping the benefits on their energy bills to the tune of $2 million each year.”

Infrastructure Law Adds Funds to Weatherization Program

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said the the millionth retrofit milestone underscores the importance of the weatherization and energy efficiency investments that are within the recently passed Infrastructure law. Visit the Building Technologies Office to learn more about DOE’s Home Performance with Energy Star program.

The infrastructure law sets aside $3.5 billion toward the existing Weatherization Assistance Program to increase energy efficiency, increase health and safety, and reduce energy costs for low-income households.  QR

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