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Your news to stay up to date on important program updates for the DESEU Home Performance with Energy Star Program.


Issue 17 | February 2020

Welcome to Energize Delaware!

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Energize Delaware’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program takes a whole-house approach to reducing a home’s energy use while improving its comfort, durability and safety. Instead of tackling energy problems individually, such as replacing an old heating and cooling system or fixing leaky ductwork, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® looks at a home as one system and recommends comprehensive improvements for better results.


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Reminder: All program questions from homeowners (such as billing and rebate inquiries) should be directed to 877-524-1339 or

Health and Safety Guidance 

Whenever an assessment uncovers health and safety issues, it is the responsibility of the energy auditor to provide guidance and make recommendations to the customer. The energy auditor will inform both the customer and the program if health and safety conditions will have an effect on or prevent the customer from receiving rebates in the program. 

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Best Practices Working Group Nominations 

The program will be sending out an email with information about nominations and elections for the next best practices working group (BPWG). The BPWG is a technical group that meets quarterly to discuss best practices in the program, issues arising in the field, how program changes may impact contractors, program recommendations, etc. We want to hear from you. This is an opportunity to represent the Energize Delaware program as a contractor in the industry on both the auditing side and the installation side. If you are interested in being a part of the next BPWG, look for our email. For more information contact our technical lead Jerry Spaulding at

HVAC Orientation Can Affect Efficiency Rating and Rebate Amount

The program has encountered instances in which the downflow/upflow or horizontal orientation of the HVAC equipment installed has affected the AHRI-reported AFUE rating. This may result in two different AHRI documents for the same equipment contingent on whether the installation was installed upright or on the side. This will affect what rebates a project may qualify for, and it is important to properly document and report these instances to prevent customer dissatisfaction.

Please keep this in mind when submitting the AHRI documents for rebate approval, and make sure to verify that the specific orientation of the installation is included on the sheet being reported to the program.

Marketing & Outreach Update

The DESEU will soon enter into an agreement with DEC to cross-market the Home Performance program. This is an exciting new opportunity to work with a tremendous new partner to deliver a whole-house energy efficiency solution to DEC customers. Look for DEC-sponsored media appeals in the coming weeks.

Federal Income Tax Credits and Other Incentives for Energy Efficiency

Tax credits for residential energy efficiency have now been extended retroactively, through December 31, 2020. The tax credit for builders of energy-efficient homes and tax deductions for energy-efficient commercial buildings have also been retroactively extended, through December 31, 2020.

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Food Bank Senior Event

February 14, 2020, 9-11am

Food Bank of Delaware

222 Lake Drive, Newark, DE 19702

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The Energy Costs of Moisture

By Krist Matthew, Energy Advisor

Meier, A. (2019, October). The energy costs of moisture. Home Energy, 02.
Fall 2019 Issue

This tech talk is inspired by an article written by Alan Meier in the fall 2019 issue of the Home Energy magazine. I’ll try to summarize the main points, but I highly encourage reading the article in its entirety.

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