The New Jersey Clean Energy Program has been offering energy efficiency rebates to home builders for at least the last 3 years. We’re excited to see that the NJ home energy rebates have been extended for another year. This is certainly good news for NJ builders and homeowners alike.
Through this program, residential rebates are available for:
- Gas or oil furnaces
- Gas or oil boilers
- Gas water heaters
- Central air conditioners
- Ductless mini-split systems
- Heat pumps
- Refrigerator/freezer recycling
- Clothes washers
- Clothes dryers
We’re most excited by the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, which rewards homeowners for making energy efficiency upgrades in their home.
Homeowners may benefit from receiving up to $4,000 and 0% interest financing (up to $10,000) or 4.99% interest financing (up to $15,000) toward the updates. A Building Performance Institute (BPI) GoldStar contractor will visit the home and identify sources of wasted energy. At the end, the BPI-certified professional will provide a detailed analysis with a recommended action plan.
NJ Clean Energy has also announced two new pilot programs that would supplement the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.
(1) Direct Install Pilot – A contractor can install up to nine energy- and/or water-saving items at no cost to the homeowner.
(2) Air Seal and Insulate – A contractor can install air sealing and insulation (in addition to a new ENERGY STAR-qualified bathroom fan) at no cost to the homeowner.
Why the NJ Home Energy Rebates are Important
Other than the fact that homeowners are being incentivized and rewarded to upgrade their homes, the NJ Clean Energy program is offering employment opportunities for home energy contractors throughout the state.
When governments support (and encourage) these types of programs, they naturally create job opportunities for relevant stakeholders. Since homeowners will want increased comfort, lower energy bills, and monetary incentives, they will hire qualified professionals to do the work.
So if you work in New Jersey in a home performance trade and you’re wondering how to leverage your skills, learn more about the NJ Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. After you earn your BPI Certification, you can be listed on the NJ Clean Energy website as a participating contractor. This is a great way to advertise your skills and establish credibility for new clients. Jump in and take your business to the next level!