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

Last DSIRE Review: 10/31/2014
Program Overview:
State: Delaware
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Dishwasher, Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Ceiling Fan, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Amount:50% off the audit cost (up to $200). Rebates are capped at 50% of installed cost, though some appliances have lower nominal caps. Loans from $1,000 to $15,000.
Maximum Incentive:$6,750 (for funds secured before December 31, 2014)
Equipment Requirements:Only equipment qualified by the energy audit is covered.
Installation Requirements:Installation must be preceded by a home energy audit by an Energize Delaware approved contractor or Energy Advisor.
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NOTE: Eligible DE homeowners receive 75% discount on Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Audit for $100.This offer is available until Dec 31, 2014. 

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) that offers a comprehensive solution to residential energy efficiency losses: the whole-house, BPI-certified Home Performance with ENERGY STAR assessment at a reduced rate.

During the audit , the contractor or Energy Advisor may install several efficiency measures at no cost (with permission), including:

  • Up to 10 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), with options for dimmable, three-way, candelabra, globe and spiral bulbs
  • Up to four faucet aerators
  • Up to two efficient-flow fixed showerheads
  • Water heater pipe insulation (installed on hot and cold pipes for six feet from water heater, as accessible
  • Up to two Smart power strips

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. Loans are also available through the Home Performance ENERGY STAR Loan Program for approved upgrades between $1,000 to $15,000, up to 100% financing, with a low fixed rate of 5.99% and up to 10 years repayment.

  Tony DePrima
Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility
109 South State Street
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 883-3038
Web Site:
  Program Energy Adivsors
Phone: (877) 524-1339
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