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First check in the Green For Green program delivered

DOVER, DE – The Green for Green Steering Committee has presented a rebate check to new homeowners Lam and Maxine Lim because of the energy efficiency built into their new home, built by J.S. Hovnanian & Sons in the Felton, Delaware area.

The $2,000 check was paid through a cooperative program between the Home Builders Association of Delaware which administers the Green for Green Program and Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) which funds the program.  The SEU is a unique nonprofit organization created by the State of Delaware to foster a sustainable energy future for the state.

The Green of Green Program offers  rebates between $1,000 to $4,500 to home buyers and non-profits home builders that build high energy efficient homes certified by the by the National Green Building Standard (NGBS), or Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED), or that have a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) of 59 or less. A dozen homebuilders are participating in this program, more are welcome to participate.  Information is available on the program website www.degreen4green.com

“In 2010 and 2011, when this was offered as a pilot program through the SEU, nearly 200 new home buyers received rebates totaling about $750,000. When compared to homes built to standard codes, these homes will see an estimated $2,371,000 in energy savings over their lifetime,” said Mr. DePrima.  So far this year, about $130,000 of rebates have been paid or committed to be paid.

Click on www.energizedelaware.org or call 302‐883‐3048 for more information on SEU’s EnergizeDelaware programs.

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LtoR: Howard Fortunato; Lisa Gardner and Rob Underwood from DNREC (Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control); and Joe Gordon, stand behind Lam and Maxine Lim as they receive a $2,000 check from Tony DePrima for their new, energy efficient home in Roesville Estates, Felton, that meets National Green Building Standards. The Lims recently moved from Waldorf, Maryland. Missing from the picture Steering Committee members: Shari Hendley, J.S. Hovnanian and Sons; Jocelyn McBride, Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity; Kim Ferrell, HBADE

About HBA of Delaware

HBA/DE has been an integral part of the growth and economic development of the State of Delaware since 1947. HBA/DE was founded as a non-profit state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) representing home builders and other businesses directly related to Delaware's Home Building Industry. Consisting of Builders, Remodelers and a group of diversified associate members, the Home Builders Association of Delaware strives to protect and preserve housing as a symbol of America. www.hbade.org

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