Oregonians recognized by US EPA and DOE for energy efficiency retrofits to homes
For the second year in a row, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected an Oregon contractor, GreenSavers, as a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Contractor of the Year. GreenSavers received recognition for making homes energy efficient in Portland and Bend.
More than 800 Oregon homeowners completed energy improvements with GreenSavers in 2015 and 2016. The improvements saved enough energy to power 111 homes for an entire year. “Recognition should really go to our clients, Oregonians that are taking the initiative to do what makes sense for their homes and what’s right for our environment,” said Robert Hamerly, GreenSavers Principal.
Hamerly accepted the 2017 Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Contractor of the Year Award in front of 900 attendees at the ENERGY STAR Award Ceremony in Washington D.C. For a complete list of 2017 ENERGY STAR Award winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.
The award comes at an uncertain time for the EPA. President Trump’s proposed budget would reduce funding for EPA by 31%, the largest cut facing any federal agency. The result would be a trimming or outright elimination of dozens of programs dealing with climate change, pollution clean-ups, and energy efficiency.
It is not clear what federal budget cuts to the EPA would mean for local and state programs to promote energy efficiency in Oregon. As reported by the Oregonian, EPA spokesman Mark McIntyre declined to comment when asked how the proposed budget would affect EPA services in Oregon. “All budget questions are going back to D.C.”
Congress is expected to pass a budget resolution setting broad outlines for agency funding this spring. In the meantime, Oregonians are pressing forward with initiatives to promote energy efficiency at the local and state levels. A couple examples:
- At the end of 2016, the Portland City Council took the bold step of unanimously approving a Home Energy Score Policy, requiring home-sellers to provide buyers with a report on how the home uses and loses energy. The policy will take effect on January 1, 2018.
- The Energy Trust of Oregon achieved the highest ever gas and electric savings in 2016, exceeding all gas and electric goals while supporting the installation of more solar capacity and generation than ever before in Oregon.
With offices in Portland and Bend, GreenSavers is the only contractor in the Pacific Northwest twice recognized by the US EPA and DOE for professionalism, customer service, and outstanding contributions to energy efficiency with the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Contractor of the Year Award. Learn more at greensavers.com.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have saved American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills and 4.6 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy, while achieving broad emissions reductions—including 2.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is a systematic approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort in homes. Join the millions already making a difference at energystar.gov.