Home Performance with ENERGY STAR


Save money and reduce your carbon footprint!

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program has a great program – Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, (HPwES) – that allows homeowners to:

  • Receive rebates up to $4,000 and interest-free financing up to $10,000 or 4.99% financing up to $15,000 for Energy Efficient Upgrades to residential properties.
  • You will end up with a more comfortable, improved indoor air quality, safe and energy efficient home, which will save you energy and money for years to come.
  • The best part is the Contractor does all the paperwork!

To qualify for the HPwES program you must:

  • Have an in-home assessment performed by an HPwES participating contractor. (see list of HPwES participating contractors)
  • Be sure to tell the contractor that you are interested in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program so that they do the fully approved assessment.
  • If, during the initial assessment, the contractor finds safety issues, such as mold, asbestos, or knob and tube wiring in your home, your residence will not be eligible for the program until these issues have been resolved. Up to $2,000 of the total project cost can be used to resolve these problems.

How the program works:

  • The first step is to get an in-home assessment from an HPwES participating contractor.
  • Once you have an assessment conducted, your contractor will recommend energy efficient upgrades and other improvements. The Program recommends you contact several HPwES participating contractors to receive competitive quotes for your proposed work. Each HPwES contractor is required to perform their own assessment, as they are responsible for the information collected and entered into the Program software.
  • HPwES eligible measures include: Air sealing (patching any drafty holes)(mandatory), installation of insulation in at least one location of home and addressing health and safety issues (all mandatory) and other optional measures, such as heating and cooling equipment and water heater upgrades. Here is the full list. After a contractor enters the assessment data and the measures being proposed, the Program software calculates the estimated Total Energy Savings (TES), which determines what incentive offering you are eligible for (see HPwES Fact Sheet)
  • Your HPwES contractor may use subcontractors, but either the lead contractor or the subcontractor must hold the required Building performance Institute (BPI) GoldStar certificate(s) and membership to perform the work.
  • You are not required to do all the work recommended by the contractor, though the work done must equate to an estimated Total Energy Savings (TES) of at least five percent to qualify for program rebates and financing.
  • For further details, please visit NJCleanEnergy.com/HP.