SOURCE: Every Watt Matters

Every Watt Matters

June 16, 2010 15:30 ET

Every Watt Matters Is Southland's First BPI Gold Star Accredited Contractor

Expertise and Training as a Leader in Energy Retrofits Yields the Highest Rating Possible

CORONA, CA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2010) -   Every Watt Matters is the Building Performance Institute's first and only Southland-area Gold Star accredited contractor, the company announced Wednesday.

The Gold Star rating is the highest BPI accreditation possible for a Building Performance Contractor. Every Watt Matters earned the rating based on its team of expert auditors, trainers and analysts who collectively have decades of experience in performing thousands of successful home energy assessments and retrofits throughout California.

As a Gold Star accredited company, Every Watt Matters is qualified to do whole-home, performance-based retrofits in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties under the U.S. government's proposed Home Star Energy Retrofit Bill, (H.R. 5019). The Home Star bill, now under consideration in the Senate, would provide $6 billion in rebates and incentives to homeowners wanting to make their homes more energy efficient through air-sealing and insulation measures, duct sealing or replacement, replacement heating and cooling systems, water heaters, windows, doors and other measures. Government standards will require homeowners to hire BPI Gold Star or other federally approved contractors for whole-home retrofits if they want to qualify for up to $8,000 in Home Star subsidies for the work done on their home, the BPI reported.

More than 75 percent of the nation's electricity use goes to building operations, according to the Energy Information Administration. As much as 60 to 80 percent of that is wasted through the exchange of heat and cold through the building shell, inefficient duct systems and equipment. The U.S. Department of Energy has set a goal to retrofit 25 percent of all homes by 2020. The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that building retrofits could save up to $33 billion a year in energy costs, and triple the U.S. marketplace in energy efficiency from $236 billion to $756 billion by 2030.

Every Watt Matters is a leading Building Performance Institute-accredited Building Performance Contractor that coordinates and oversees the entire process of a home retrofit project. It offers a unique business model that integrates schools, communities and local governments in a collaborative approach to meeting the nation's energy efficiency goals. For more information, visit www.everywattmatters.com.

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