Energy Efficiency Programs and Practices
New Jersey's Clean Energy Program
Recognized as a national model, this statewide program offers financial incentives, programs, and services for residential, commercial, and municipal customers to save energy, money, and the environment. Financial assistance is available for efforts that will promote increased energy efficiency and support the installation of clean, renewable sources of energy. Learn more about how you can reduce overall energy consumption, contribute to climate change solutions, and save money here.
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®
The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is just one of the programs brought to you by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and New Jersey's Clean Energy Program. It offers "whole house' solutions to reduce both your energy costs and carbon footprint. If you are eligible, you may be able to take advantage of financial incentives that will lead to increased comfort, safety, and durability of your home.
The service starts with an assessment of your home by specially trained and certified technicians who will assess your home from top to bottom, testing heating and cooling equipment; insulation levels; air sealing opportunities; windows and doors; and appliances and lighting. The cost of this assessment varies among technicians but is required to be considered for low-interest loans, tax credits, and savings if the technician makes the recommended energy-saving changes.
Financial incentives are based upon the percentage of energy savings that are projected if the work is completed. Depending upon the energy efficiency measures chosen, homeowners may be eligible for 0% interest financing (up to $10,000) for home energy savings projects.
The funding is available until June 30, 2017 (project completion paperwork must be submitted by that day) or until funds last, whichever comes first.
Visit NJ Clean Energy Website or call 866-NJSMART to learn more and get started.
Rebates and Promotions
New Jersey's Clean Energy Program offers many rebates for those who are buying energy-saving heating and cooling equipment and appliances for their home including gas furnaces, gas boilers, water heaters, clothes washers, refrigerators, freezers, central air conditioners and ductless mini-split A/C systems, air-to-air heat pumps and ENERGY STAR lighting. In some cases, a $50 rebate and free pick-up of old freezers and refrigerators in working order are available. To arrange for a free pick-up, call 877.270.3520. Learn more about the Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling Program. Rebates are also available when you replace clothes washers with energy efficient washers.
Rebates are available through the WARMAdvantage Program when NJ residents purchase high-efficiency heating equipment including eligible furnaces, boilers, and hot water heaters. Learn more about these savings and access a list of eligible equipment. Call 866-NJSMART (866-657-6278) for further information.
The COOLAdvantage Program offers incentives to New Jersey residents for installing, or replacing existing, energy-efficient Central A/C units, ductless mini-split AC systems, heat pumps, and/or geothermal heat pumps. Learn more about COOLAdvantage.
Simple Things You Can Do to Save Energy and Money
Cold temperatures bring an increased demand for heat as people strive to stay warm. Here are some simple things that you can do to reduce your consumption of fuel and still stay warm this winter.
- Lower your thermostat Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. For every degree you lower the thermostat, you can save 3% on your heating bill. Turn down your thermostat by 5-10 degrees at bedtime. It is healthier to sleep in a cool room and you will save money on your utility bill.
- Take showers instead of baths Bathing uses more hot water in most households – up to 25 gallons more. Keep your showers to 5 minutes in length and you will see cost savings this winter.
- Keep warm air inside Make sure your windows are properly closed and locked. Open your shades and curtains in the daytime to let in that natural solar heat (sunshine) and close them at night to keep residual warmth in your home.
- Seal holes and cracks around windows, doors, and walls You may be able to save 10% or more on your heating bill by caulking and weather stripping these areas to prevent cold air from getting in. Close off vents or registers in rooms that are not in use and then close the door to those rooms so that colder air will not travel to parts of your home that are in use.
- Keep your garage door closed If your garage is attached to your home, you must be sure to keep the door closed so that warm air from your home does not escape and cold air from the garage doesn’t’ travel into your home.
- Make sure heating vents are not blocked Take a look around your home and move any furniture that is positioned in front of vents that supply or return air to the furnace. This will help your whole heating system run more efficiently.
- Increase insulation in your attic, crawl spaces and basement Since heat rises, adding insulation to your attic is one of the most effective ways to conserve energy.
- Clean or change your furnace filter regularly Air must go through this filter in order to heat your home. If the filter is dirty then your furnace will have to work harder than it should. Dirty filters also increase the amount of dust that is pushed back into your home.