What is the Home Star program?

What is the Home Star program?

Purpose: Reduce Americans' energy costs, improve the environment and create jobs by providing short-term incentives for residential energy-efficiency improvements.

Silver Star

  • One-year rebate program for insulating, sealing ducts, or replacing water heaters, HVAC units, windows and doors.
  • Silver Star accredited contractor must do installation.
  • Rebates of $250-$1,500 per installation; received at point of sale.
  • Maximum: $3,000 or 50% of total costs.

Gold Star

  • Two-year program requiring whole-home energy audit, followed by performance-based retrofits.
  • Gold Star accredited contractor must perform work.
  • Home must be retested for energy efficiency after work is complete.
  • Rebates of $3,000 for 20% energy savings, plus $1,000 for each additional 5% of savings.
  • Maximum: 50% of project costs or $8,000.

Source: U.S. Senate Energy Committee and Building Performance Institute


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