Presenter: Ely Jacobsohn, U.S. Department of Energy
The goal of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) is to help homeowners improve the efficiency and comfort of their homes using a comprehensive, whole-house approach, while also helping to protect the environment. HPwES provides homeowners with resources to identify trusted contractors to recommend and perform energy improvements so that homeowners can understand their home’s energy use. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) works in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support local program sponsors, such as utilities and state energy offices, that qualify contractors. As of April 2014, HPwES has upgraded more than 330,000 homes since 2002, with average homeowner savings of more than $500 annually after retrofit. The program is working to facilitate the achievement of scale in the home performance industry by demonstrating value and moving toward replicable delivery models that support expanded participation in the HPwES program.