Home Performance with Energy Star Program (New Jersey)

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Summary

Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Financial Incentive Program

Place New Jersey

Name Home Performance with Energy Star Program
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Low-Income Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Residential
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Building Insulation, Central Air conditioners, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Duct/Air sealing, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Heat recovery, Programmable Thermostats, Water Heaters, Geothermal Heat Pumps, LED Lighting, Ventilation, Safety Measures
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Energy Savings From 10% - 19.99%: $2,000 and 0% loan up to $5,000 where utility loans are not available (single-family); $500/unit (multi-family)

Energy Savings From 20% - 24.99%: $4,000 and 0% loan up to $10,000 where utility loans are not available (single-family); $1,000 per unit (multi-family)
Energy Savings Greater than 25%: $5,000 and 0% interest loan up to $10,000 where utility loans are not available (single family); $1,500 per unit (multi-family)











Funding Source New Jersey Societal Benefits Charge (public benefits fund); State Energy Program (SEP)

Installation Requirements Improvements must be installed by a BPI-certified contractor listed as a New Jersey Clean Energy Program Trade Ally


Maximum Incentive Loans (single-family only): $5,000 (Tier II) or $10,000 (Tier III)

Rebates (single family or multi-family): 50% of cost





Program Budget $23.2 million (new 2012 funding)





Program Administrator New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Office of Clean Energy
Website http://www.njcleanenergy.com/residential/programs/home-performance-energy-star/home-performance-energy-star-r
Date added to DSIRE 2008-06-20
Last DSIRE Review 2013-09-19
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE
2012-07-22


References DSIRE[1]


Summary

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) offers a Home Performance with Energy Star Program for residents that want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The program is set up to provide incentives that lower the ultimate cost to consumers for the installation of energy efficiency measures identified in a comprehensive home assessment. Qualifying measures may include HVAC improvements, air sealing, the installation of better insulation, and domestic hot water systems. Appliances, lighting, doors, and windows are not eligible measures under the current program rules. This program was formerly only available for 1-4 family homes; however, it was revised in 2011 to also provide incentives for small multi-family dwellings that have 5 or more units, are three stories or less, have single ownership, and where total building energy use data is accessible.

In order to receive incentives from this program, eligible work must be performed by a BPI-certified contractor who is a registered Trade Ally of the New Jersey Clean Energy Program. Program funding is provided through the New Jersey Societal Benefits Charge (SBC) and the State Energy Program (SEP). Please see the program website for further details.

Single-Family Buildings The homeowner may receive both a cash rebate and a low-interest loan for the installation of appropriate improvements identified in the home assessment. The incentive schedule is as follows:

  • Tier I - Home Assessment: A Home Assessment is required in order to be eligible for other incentives, but no incentives are available for the Home Assessment itself.
  • Tier II - Total Energy Savings from 10% - 19.99%: The customer must install air sealing measures, with the option of installing insulation, duct sealing, duct sealing insulation, and water heater measures. The available incentive is $2,000 not to exceed 50% of the cost of the improvements. This tier also offers 0% interest loans of up to $5,000 where utility-sponsored loans are not available (loan terms of 3, 5, 7, or 10 years).
  • Tier III (Level I) - Total Energy Savings from 20% - 24.99%: The customer must install a minimum of 2 measures including air sealing from the list of program eligible measures. The available incentive is $4,000 not to exceed 50% of the cost of the improvements. This tier also offers 0% interest loans of up to $10,000 where utility-sponsored loans are not available (loan terms of 3, 5, 7, or 10 years).
  • Tier III (Level II) - Total Energy Savings Greater than 25%: The customer must install a minimum of 2 measures including air sealing from the list of program eligible measures. The available incentive is $5,000 not to exceed 50% of the cost of the improvements. This tier also offers 0% interest loans of up to $10,000 where utility-sponsored loans are not available (loan terms of 3, 5, 7, or 10 years).

It is important to note that while incentives are available for HVAC equipment and water heaters under the separate WarmAdvantage and CoolAdvantage incentive programs, participants may not receive multiple incentives for the same equipment.

Multi-Family Buildings In order to participate in this program, the improvements must consider a whole-building approach. Individual dwelling units within a building are not eligible independently of the larger development. The contractor will work with program personnel to ensure a proper project assessment and approval process. The incentive schedule is as follows:

  • Tier I - Total Energy Savings from 10% - 19.99%: The available incentive is $500 per dwelling unit, not to exceed 50% of the cost of the improvements.
  • Tier II - Total Energy Savings from 20% - 24.99%: The available incentive is $1,000 per dwelling unit, not to exceed 50% of the cost of the improvements.
  • Tier III - Total Energy Savings Greater than 25%: The available incentive is $1,500 per dwelling unit, not to exceed 50% of the cost of the improvements.

In addition to the state program described above, some New Jersey electric and natural gas utilities administer supplemental energy efficiency programs for their customers. Prospective participants should contact their utility to see if additional incentives are available.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name New Jersey Clean Energy Program - Residential Market Manager
Department c/o Honeywell

Address 145 Route 46 West

Place Wayne, New Jersey
Zip/Postal Code 07470
Phone (866) 657-6278



Website http://www.njcleanenergy.com/
     
     


















  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"