Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) - Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

Program Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) - Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
Category Financial Incentive
Implementing sector State
Last Update
State Delaware
Administrator Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU)
Website http://www.energizedelaware.org/Home-Performance-with-Energy-Star/
Sectors Residential

Program Overview:

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® is a national program from the US EPA and DoE to increase energy efficiency in the residential sector. Energize Delaware is the local Home Performance initiative sponsored by Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) takes a whole-house approach to improving a home’s comfort, safety, and efficiency. Rather than focusing on a single problem, trained participating contractors use a comprehensive home energy audit with specialized diagnostic tests to pinpoint specific improvements that can make the entire home more comfortable and help homeowners save money by reducing energy use. Energy Assessments typically identify energy problems associated with insulation levels, exposure to outside air, trapped moisture, condition of appliances, efficiency of heating and cooling systems, and inefficient lighting. This results in a series of recommended efficiency upgrades that can bring significant energy savings up to 20%. Rebates are available to help offset the initial costs of many upgrades, up to 50% of the total installed cost. 

Rebate and Program Details:

  • Delaware homeowners pay only 25% of the cost, a savings of up to $300, on the assessment. *Maximum $300 immediate assessment discount valid for homes up to 3,000 square feet with a single combustion appliance zone. Assessments on larger homes or homes with multiple combustion appliance zones may cost more than $300. You should discuss the assessment’s cost with your selected participating contractor.
  • Rebates are capped at 50% of the total installed cost up to the incentive level indicated, whichever is lower.
  • Rebates are subject to change and are not guaranteed until the program confirms a rebate reservation.
  • Rebate payments can take up to six weeks to be processed for payment to either the homeowner or the contractor.
  • Excludes geothermal heat pumps. Visit dnrec.delaware.gov for more information on available geothermal heat pump rebates through Delaware’s Green Energy Program.

Rebate Eligibility Requirements: Homeowners must meet the following requirements to be eligible to participate.

  • This offer is valid for homes & rental properties (with the property owner’s approval) that have up to four units under one roof. Properties with more than 4 units are not applicable.
  • To participate in the program, the customer must be the registered homeowner or tenant with property owner approval, receive a Home Energy Assessment, and install qualified products and/or equipment through an approved program contractor or Energy Advisor.
  • Rebates are available for the installation of qualified products and/or equipment performed after the home assessment. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis while they last. Installations performed prior to home assessment are not eligible for rebates.
  • All projects must receive a rebate reservation approval from the program prior to installation to be eligible for incentives. Approvals will be dependent upon available program funds at the time of submission.
  • Products and equipment must be installed in the State of Delaware.

Rebate Types:

  • Sealing Air Leaks and Adding Insulation
  • Ensuring Adequate Ventilation
  • Sealing and Insulating Ductwork
  • Improving Heating and Cooling Systems
  • Testing Combustion and Safety
  • Product upgrades during assessment
    • During the assessment your contract or energy advisor will install up to $200 worth of energy-saving products in your home at no additional cost including:
    • Energy-efficient light bulbs, with options formidable, candelabra, globe and LED light bulbs
    • Faucet aerators
    • Efficient-flow fixed shower heads
    • SmartStart™ shower valve
    • Water heater pipe insulation (Installed on first four feet of hot water pipe only)

For a complete detailed list of rebates, go to here.

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