2017 New Jersey Clean Energy Conference

Ciel Power LLC was proud to be in attendance at the 2017 New Jersey Clean Energy conference held at New Jersey Institute of Technology's Newark Campus.  The strong turnout at this event, a testament to the headway New Jersey has made in the area of energy efficiency.  The conference provided established program participants, stakeholders, and leadership in the field of energy conservation a platform to celebrate their successes.

In keeping with our continued commitment to develop, support and deliver energy conservation projects, we congratulate Princeton University along with the many other program participants, providers, and administrators who received awards for their contributions towards energy conservation. 

Experts discover innovative ways to reduce state's carbon footprint | Video | NJTV News

At 271 years young, Princeton University is New Jersey's oldest college, so it probably doesn't come to mind when you think of cutting-edge infrastructure. But, the campus is actually leading the state with its comprehensive clean energy programs and design. The college upgraded the heating and cooling system, replaced lighting and improved its aging building stock.

Members of the Ciel Power team were on hand for the event:

From left, Kevin Esposito, Ciel Power Program & Administrative Manager, Natalie Tocci, Ciel Power Home Performance Consultant, and Scott Fischer, Ciel Power Managing Member at the 2017 New Jersey Clean Energy Conference 

From left, Kevin Esposito, Ciel Power Program & Administrative Manager, Natalie Tocci, Ciel Power Home Performance Consultant, and Scott Fischer, Ciel Power Managing Member at the 2017 New Jersey Clean Energy Conference 

Consumer Reports Recommends; "Perform An Energy Audit"

In their recent article entitled "6 Ways to Save Money and Energy at Home," the independent nonprofit consumer organization Consumer Reports recommends having a home energy audit performed by a Building Performance Institute certified auditor.  

6 Ways to Save Money and Energy at Home

Whether your live in a 19th Century farmhouse or 1990s colonial, chances are you're leaving real money on the table each year in the form of excessive energy consumption. Here are ways to save money and energy at home.

Summit Residents Encouraged To Schedule Home Energy Audit

Scheduling a home energy audit is the best way to find out how your home is consuming energy and how the comfort and energy efficiency of your home can be improved.  

Residents of Summit, NJ receive discounted home energy audits by participating in Summit's Home Energy Insight program.

Residents of Summit, NJ receive discounted home energy audits by participating in Summit's Home Energy Insight program.

“With cooler weather approaching, now is a perfect time to schedule a home energy audit,” explains Radest. “My audit highlighted ways to reduce energy use in my home, and save money.”
— Summit Mayor Nora Radest

The City of Summit has partnered with Ciel to provide home energy audits to residents of Summit, New Jersey at a discounted rate.  Our team of certified technicians and consultants know how to detect energy wastage and they also know how to perform repairs, replacements, and upgrades that help homes become more comfortable and sustainable.  

Summit residents encouraged to schedule home energy audit

The City of Summit is encouraging Summit residents to sign up for a home energy audit from Ciel Power LLC and discover energy improvements to help save money and energy this fall. The Summit Home Energy Insight Program is offering...

Ciel Power LLC is a New Jersey Home Performance with Energy Star participating provider, so the cost of installing many of the recommended upgrades may be substantially offset by up to $19,000 worth of financial incentives available through New Jersey's award-winning home improvement program.

To schedule a home energy audit, please contact us today or schedule online by clicking the button below.  We look forward to hearing from you.

2015/2016 Federal Energy Efficiency Tax Credit

2015/2016 Federal Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit

This previously expired tax credit was renewed retroactively in December of 2015 with the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act.  This recently renewed tax credit provides homeowners with a tax credit of up to $500 for energy efficiency improvements to their homes for installations performed retroactively in 2015 or installed during the 2016 calendar year.

This credit applies to energy efficiency improvements in the building envelope of existing homes and for the purchase of high-efficiency heating, cooling and water-heating equipment. Efficiency improvements or equipment must serve a dwelling in the United States that is owned and used by the taxpayer as a primary residence. The maximum tax credit for all improvements made in 2011 - 2016 is $500. The cap includes tax credits for any improvements made in any previous year. If a taxpayer claimed $500 or more of these tax credits in any previous year, any purchases made in 2011 - 2016 will be ineligible for a tax credit.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the following Building Envelope Improvements are included as part of the Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit:


"Owners of existing homes may receive a tax credit worth 10% of the cost of upgrading the efficiency of the building's envelope. Installation (labor) costs are not included and the credit is capped at $500 for all improvements. To be eligible for the credit, the improvement must meet the prescriptive requirements established for it under the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (including supplements). The following improvements are eligible for the tax credit:

Insulation materials and systems designed to reduce a home's heat loss or gain
Exterior doors and windows (including skylights) --- no more than $200 in total credits can be claimed for windows in years 2006 - 2016 Equipment must meet version 6.0 Energy Star program requirements.
Pigmented metal roofs designed to reduce heat gain, and asphalt roofs with appropriate cooling granules, which are Energy Star certified.

Heating, Cooling and Water-Heating Equipment
Taxpayers who purchase qualified residential energy-efficient property may eligible for a tax credit. The credit is equal to the full cost of the equipment up to the following caps:

Advanced main air circulating fan: $50
Natural gas, propane, or oil furnace or hot water boiler with an annual fuel utilization rate of 95 or greater: $150
Electric heat pump water heater with an energy factor of at least 2.0: $300
Electric heat pump which achieves the highest efficiency tier established by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency: $300
Central air conditioner which achieves the highest efficiency tier established by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency: $300
Natural gas, propane, or oil water heater which has either an energy factor of at least 0.82 or a thermal efficiency of at least 90 percent: $300
Biomass stoves that use "plant-derived fuel available on a renewable or recurring basis, including agricultural crops and trees, wood and wood waste and residues (including wood pellets), plants (including aquatic plants), grasses, residues, and fibers". Systems must have a thermal efficiency rating of at least 75 percent to qualify: $300"

For Additional information on the Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit please visit the following websites:

http://www.dsireusa.org/

http://energy.gov/savings/residential-energy-efficiency-tax-credit

http://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits

 

Glen Rock's Sustainable Jersey Bronze Certification

Glen Rock, New Jersey has a particularly inspiring Environmental Commission comprised of seven volunteer residents, each appointed by the Mayor.  The commission engages in a wide variety of initiatives and has achieved success in most of their endeavors much to the benefit of the broader community they serve.  

At this month's GREC meeting,  Mayor John Van Keuren and Mayor Elect Bruce Packer were both on-hand to celebrate Glen Rock's recent Sustainable Jersey's Bronze Level Certification award.   

We're inspired by the efforts of this group, and we're honored to have played a small role in the borough's sustainability certification with our joint home energy audit partnership.  We'd like to extend a special thank you to Paul Sharer and Andy Curshen who each announced their retirement from the commission.  We congratulate Glen Rock on their award and we wish the outgoing Mayor and retiring GREC Members well in their future endeavors.


National Energy Awareness Month; Home Energy Audit

A home energy audit brings together information about each of your home's systems in one easy-to-understand report.  In just a few hours you'll have a comprehensive overview of each of your home's systems and clear understanding of how deficiencies in each of these systems may impact other systems in your home.  Use what you've learned to make better decisions about your home.  A home energy audit report deciphers the data collected during your home energy audit into actionable insight that can improve the comfort, safety, durability, and energy-efficiency of your home.

Inside Kathy Leventhal's Home Energy Audit: How The Deputy Mayor of Maplewood, New Jersey Utilized the Home Performance with Energy Star Program

Host to one of the state's biggest and most well-attended Earth Day events, Maplewood, New Jersey is a hotbed of sustainability in Northern New Jersey.  The efforts of Maplewood's local Green Team brought Maplewood to the forefront of New Jersey's sustainability initiative after winning the state's most prestigious Sustainability Certification; Sustainable Jersey's Silver Certification. 

Maplewood's sustainability efforts have proven to be infectious, drawing in surrounding communities and leading to ground-breaking communal partnerships with neighboring municipalities.  Banding together with nearby communities brought additional resources, vision, and motivation to the combined groups, leading to the creation of the Essex Community Energy program.  

The Essex Community Energy program, a combined effort of Green Teams from Maplewood, South Orange, Millburn, and Irvington, seeks to maximize awareness of energy efficiency incentive programs, including the New Jersey Home Performance with Energy Star program, available to residents of their communities by streamlining and simplifying the process for local residents.

"Our mission is to help our neighbors reduce their carbon footprint by learning about energy audits and the programs out there to help them get it done." says Tracey Woods, chair of the Maplewood Green Team.  

Deputy Mayor, Kathy Leventhal, a Maplewood Green Team Member, recently utilized the program's resources on her own home, and took the time to discuss her experience in this Maplewoodian.com blog post:



National Energy Awareness Month; Spotlight on the 2105/2016 New Jersey Energy Efficiency Incentive Program

Finding ways to improve the comfort and energy-efficiency of your home isn't easy, but it helps to have one of the country's best incentive programs available to help pay for the upgrades.  Earlier this year in New Jersey, the New Jersey Clean Energy program and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities announced new incentives available through the 2015/2016 New Jersey Home Performance with Energy Star program for the installation of insulation, heating equipment, air-conditioning equipment, and hot-water heating equipment.  

Simple and straightforward, the program covers all of the systems in your home that contribute towards comfort issues and excessive energy bills.  A broad range of eligible measures make it easy to tailor the program to cover the unique needs of your home.  

Why Highland Park's Smart Home Campaign Is a Cold-Weather Win

If residential energy-efficiency campaigns were a sport unto themselves, Highland Park, New Jersey not only set the benchmark for the sport's most successful campaign, but they invented the game that has become widely known as one of the most successful residential energy-efficiency campaign platforms in New Jersey's history.  The model has taken off across the state, but instead of resting on their laurels, Highland Park has relaunched version 2.0 of its home energy audit program in an effort to best its own record, still standing as New Jersey's highest percentage participation in a municipal program.

Highland Park launched version 2.0 of its spirited campaign in the most recent edition of the Highland Park News, with Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler and Borough Council President Susan Welkovits discussing plans for the campaign's fall launch.  In spite of the efforts to best itself, Highland Park retained its core offerings of a reduced-price home energy audit and an introductory letter written by Highland Park's Mayor; Gayle Brill Mittler to kick off the campaign.  With a new look and a new name, version 2.0 of Highland Park's home energy assessment campaign, dubbed "Smart Home Energy Efficiency," promises to arrive just in time for the cold and wintry days ahead.

For additional information on the campaign, visit www.cielpower.com/highlandpark or call 201-632-3463.

 

Highland Park's Smart Home Energy Efficiency home energy audit campaign kick off is featured in the Highland Park News

Woodbridge Is Turning Up It's Fall 2015 Energy Audit Campaign

The Fall 2015 edition of The Woodbridge News saw a featured story highlighting the many benefits of the Greenable Woodbridge Home Energy Assessment program.  The many benefits of this program include reduced pricing on home energy audits, the availability of up to $19,000 worth of incentives being offered through New Jersey Clean Energy's Home Performance with Energy Star incentive program, and a prioritized listing of prescriptive energy-efficiency upgrades that, when installed, will dramatically improve comfort and reduce monthly energy consumption.

The Fall 2015 issue of The Woodbridge News features the Greenable Woodbridge Home Energy Assessment program.

For those familiar with the benefits of the NJ Home Performance with Energy Star program - up to $4,000 cash-back rebates, up to $15,000 worth of zero/low interest financing, and up to a 30 percent reduction in household energy consumption - the joint partnership between Ciel & the Township of Woodbridge seems like a case study on how to install today's energy-efficiency standards in older homes.

The program, available to residents of Avenel, Colonia, Fords, Iselin, Port Reading, Sewaren, Woodbridge Proper, Keasbey, and Menlo Park offers a comprehensive Ciel Home Energy Audit for a reduced rate of $49. 

To schedule a Greenable Woodbridge Home Energy Audit, visit www.cielpower.com/woodbridge or call 201-632-3463

Consumer Reports Magazine Discusses the Energy Star program and Home Energy Audits

"Putting your home through a comprehensive energy assessment is one of the best ways to lower bills. Also known as an energy audit, the process involves a trained professional using infrared cameras, blower doors, and other high-tech equipment to pinpoint every source of energy loss in your home." Consumer Reports Magazine

2015/2016 New Jersey Home Performance with Energy Star Incentives

The 2015/2016 New Jersey Home Performance with Energy Star incentive program continues to provide cash-back and financing incentives for energy efficiency upgrades to New Jersey homeowners.  The program kicks off a new fiscal year effective July 1st 2015 with a suite of new incentive offerings including up to $4,000 in cash-back incentives and up to $15,000 in incentive financing!

Ciel Magazine Summer 2015 Volume 1

We're excited to announce the first issue of Ciel Magazine, a digital magazine that focuses on important topics related to energy efficiency, sustainability, social causes, and news about Ciel Power LLC.  

 Our inaugural issue of Ciel features highlights from a recent home energy efficiency upgrade in Glen Rock, New Jersey. A Millburn, New Jersey homeowner who discusses how their recent participation in Millburn's Home Energy Assessment program and the New Jersey Home Performance with Energy Star program contributed to their significantly more comfortable home, and we feature highlights of a recently televised home energy audit in Woodbridge, New Jersey.

The Interview: A Conversation With A New Jersey Home Performance with Energy Star Customer

How does someone go about participating in the Home Performance with Energy Star program?  In this episode of Greenable Woodbridge, host Caroline Ehrlich talks with Denise Fishman, a Woodbridge New Jersey resident who recently completed a New Jersey Home Performance with Energy Star project.

Learn how Denise received thousands of dollars worth of cash incentives and a $10,000 zero interest loan to make upgrades to her home.

Listen to Denise's full interview with Caroline Ehrlich here:

New Jersey Clean Energy Program Receives National Recognition

We congratulate New Jersey's Clean Energy Program on their

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.

Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches.

We are honored to be a participating provider of the New Jersey Home Performance with Energy Star Program which is part of New Jersey's nationally recognized Clean Energy Program. We extend our congratulations to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and to everyone else who contributed to the success of this fantastic program!

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program provides financial and other incentives to the state’s residential customers, businesses and local governments that install high-efficiency or renewable energy technologies. These programs are administered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.  

New Jersey's Clean Energy Program Receives National Recognition - New Jersey Business Magazine

Glen Rock Energy Audit Program Continues

We were thrilled to see today's article in the Glen Rock Gazette newspaper highlighting the success of the "Energy Smart Rock Homes" Home Energy Audit program!  We've worked hard to deliver a comprehensive home energy audit program to Glen Rock residents, and we're really glad to have the support of this wonderful community!

Highlights:

  • More than 125 Glen Rock homeowners have now utilized discounted home energy audits under the borough-approved "Energy Smart Rock Homes" program
  • Of that number, 22 have proceeded with improvements recommended by the audit reports, utilizing up to $5,000 in incentive rebates and up to $10,000 in zero-interest financing available through the New Jersey Home Performance with Energy Star program.
  • Incentives can be applied to replace outdated furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters and insulation with new and more energy-efficient products.
  • Initial audits — which cost residents $49 compared with commercial charges typically as high as $300 — have been underway for about a year

Glen Rock energy audit program continues

2014 Energy Efficiency Tax Credits

The folks at Consumer Reports magazine compiled this list of tax credits available to homeowners who made energy efficiency upgrades to their properties in 2014.  Many of these credits were unknown to most folks because they had previously expired and were introduced retroactively through recent legislation.

Energy Upgrade Tax Credits and Rebates - Consumer Reports

Qualifications: What To Look For In Your Insulation Contractor

We often get the question about what qualifications our customers should be considering when hiring an insulation contractor.  We thought this recent United States Environmental Protection Agency blog post would be helpful to many folks visiting our site.

Getting the Seal and Insulate Job Done - Hiring a Contractor