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Habitat for Humanity gets $20,300 Rebate from Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility

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DOVER, DE – July 9, 2015: Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County received a rebate check for $20,300 from the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility for its participation in Energize Delaware’s popular Green for Green program which offers rebates for energy efficiency measures incorporated into new home construction.

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From left: Joe Gordon, Environmental Scientist, Green Joe Green; Tony DePrima, Executive Director, DESEU; Kevin Smith, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County; Howard Fortunato, Executive V.P., Delaware Homebuilders Association

Habitat recently completed construction of seven new energy efficient townhomes near downtown Wilmington, DE. Another nine energy efficient townhomes are set to begin construction there later this year.

“We are the beneficiary of the Green for Green program that helps us build energy efficient houses by giving us the financing necessary to offset the cost. We are very grateful to the State of Delaware, the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility and the Homebuilders Association of Delaware who manages the program.”

– Kevin Smith, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County
“We are very proud to be a partner with Habitat for Humanity and the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility to administer the Green for Green program in order to provide rebates to build nationally certified, green, energy efficient homes. It’s a wonderful program that helps homebuyers as well as builders and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

– Howard Fortunato, Executive V.P., Homebuilders Association of Delaware
I love it! I have awesome neighbors and anything we can do to help our community, I’m all for it. The process was simple and I’m proud to be a part of the “Habitat Family.” Not to mention, my utility bills are the lowest they’ve ever been.”

– Laressia Wright, Habitat Homeowner
Energize Delaware’s Green for Green Program offers Delaware new home buyers rebates of $1,000 to $4,500 for homes upgraded to national standards for energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, building materials and other conservation-oriented, energy-saving features. Homeowners can save from $21 to $47 a month on average, or up to 36 percent, on an average monthly electric bill. Developed jointly with the Home Builders Association of Delaware, the rebate is available for homes in Delaware’s designated growth areas.  Funded by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the rebates will fund energy upgrades for approximately 200 homes throughout the state.

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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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