The DCSEU is proud to announce that it has received the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award. The DCSEU was chosen for demonstrating exemplary commitment to increase awareness for ENERGY STAR certified products through a well-rounded approach to energy efficiency program delivery, and for its dedicated work serving hard-to-reach populations.
The incorporation of ENERGY STAR in all of the DCSEU’s programs reflects its core mission. DCSEU residential initiatives support market transformation and increase accessibilty of ENERGY STAR products by offering rebates for or buying down the cost of ENERGY STAR certified efficient products and equipment. Other initiatives, such as projects targeting income-qualified residents, incentivize the use of ENERGY STAR certified products by providing rebates directly to participating contractors. And the DCSEU’s Workforce Development Program, which helps District residents attain skills to become competitive in the green jobs market, includes lectures about the importance of the program, encouraging tomorrow’s workforce to catalyze the impact of ENERGY STAR.
In 2016 alone, ENERGY STAR certified products, homes, buildings, and plants helped Americans save over $30 billion in energy costs and approximately 400 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity - all while achieving broad emissions reductions. With the help of ENERGY STAR, families and businesses have saved $450 billion on their utility bills since the program began in 1992.
“The 2018 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year have demonstrated real leadership, showing how American families and businesses can save energy, save money, and reduce air emissions,” said Bill Wehrum, EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation.
The DCSEU is among 163 award winners recognized for outstanding achievements in energy efficiency. These accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2018.