Archive for June, 2010

13 Types of Retrofits You Could be Eligible for Under The Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010

Friday, June 25th, 2010

There are 13 types of retrofits that are eligible under the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010.  Each retrofit must comply with Building Performance Institute (BPI) standards or other procedures to be approved.  Each has unique requirements and set rebate amounts, so homeowners and contractors need to do their research before refurbishing.  To learn more about these retrofits, check out this blog post from Software advice at:

http://www.softwareadvice.com/articles/construction/cash-for-caulkers-the-definitive-guide-to-the-home-star-bill-1061110/

Weatherization Assistance Program

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low income families to permanently decrease their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.  Funds are used to improve the energy performance of residences of needy families using the most highly developed technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry.  The U.S. Department of Energy provides financial support to states, U.S. overseas territories, and Indian tribal governments which administer the day to day details of the program.  These governments, in turn, fund a network of local community action agencies, nonprofit organizations, and local governments that provide these weatherization services in every state, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and among Native American tribes.

The energy conservation resulting from these efforts of state and local agencies helps our country reduce its dependence on foreign oil and decreases the cost of energy for families in need while improving the health and safety of their homes.  During the past 33 years, WAP has provided weatherization services see their yearly energy bills reduced by an average of about $350, depending upon fuel prices.  Because the energy enhancements that make up weatherization services are long lived, the savings add up over time to significant benefits for weatherization clients and their communities, and the nation as a whole.

Energy Assessments Audits

Friday, June 4th, 2010

The District of Columbia Office of Contracting and Procurement, on behalf of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), (the “District”) is seeking RESNET-accredited contractor(s) to provide Energy Assessments Audits by conducting Home Energy Rating System (HERS) standard comprehensive energy assessments of single family homes in the District of Columbia residential dwellings by a Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) certified rater.  To learn more go to:

http://app.ocp.dc.gov/RUI/information/scf/solicitation_detail.asp?solicitation=DCKG-2010-B-5146