ENERGY STAR® Selects Wisconsin for Partner of the Year
Wisconsin ENERGY STAR® Homes, part of Wisconsin's Focus on Energy program, received a 2003 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency at an ceremony on April 15th in Washington DC. The award recognizes Wisconsin ENERGY STAR Homes for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by promoting energy efficiency in new homes. Wisconsin joined the ENERGY STAR partnership in 2001.
Since then, Wisconsin has certified more than 1,800 homes that exceed the ENERGY STAR guidelines. On average, these homes are 25% more efficient than similar homes built to Wisconsin's Uniform Dwelling Code. This is good for the environment because each certified home keeps 4,500 pounds of greenhouses gases from entering into the atmosphere every year.
The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) has used both grant and project funding from DOE's State Energy Program to support its residential energy programs, including Wisconsin ENERGY STAR Homes.
Currently, DOA provides this funding to Wisconsin Focus on Energy to manage these programs. Focus on Energy is a non-profit public-private partnership offering energy information and services to energy utility customers throughout Wisconsin. For information about Focus on Energy services and programs, call 800.762.7077.
For more details about the award, see Focus on Energy's April 25th press release.