Halco, a local Finger Lakes contractor, was recognized for excellence in whole-house energy improvements by the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.
Halco was one of 46 contractors to be recognized in the first-ever Housing Innovation Awards, which were presented in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO in Irvine, Calif. The awards focused on four categories: Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Participating Contractors, DOE Challenge Home Builders, Excellence in Building Science Educator of the Year, and Building America Top Innovations.
Halco was recognized as a leader among their peers in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® (HPwES) program. They were presented with the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy House Innovation Award for innovations in Market Leadership, Energy Savings, and Sales and Marketing. HPwES contractors must adhere to strict guidelines, including taking part in comprehensive training, using the whole-house systems approach, following program requirements, and using quality assurance measures to constantly improve workmanship.
According to ENERGY STAR®, the chosen winners “exhibit outstanding professionalism, build strong customer relationships, and apply building science solutions to improve homes.”
Since joining the HPwES program, Halco has grown their business by 25 percent each year. Hal Smith, president of Halco explains that providing home performance services helps business remain steady year round.
Halco provides a plethora of home energy services throughout the Finger Lakes region of New York. Recognizing a house as a system, Halco focuses on all things that can affect home comfort and energy efficiency and suggests that all homeowners have an energy assessment conducted before making any repairs. From the energy assessment to insulation, water heaters, HVAC, renewable, and more—Halco does everything necessary to meet their customers’ needs.
In addition to Halco, HPwES awarded three other participating contractors: Energy Efficiencies Solutions of Connecticut, Insulation Technologies of Wisconsin; and Powersmith of New York.
Halco specializes in quality, affordable energy solutions for residential and commercial clients. They are also the Finger Lake region’s Dr. Energy Saver dealer and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® contractor. Halco provides whole-house energy improvements, like high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, home energy audits, insulation and air sealing, and renewable energy systems. Founded in 1984, Halco has been improving the comfort and energy efficiency of New York households for nearly three decades.
About Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®
The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program is a national program maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Since 2002, the program has helped over 275,000 homeowners improve their homes’ efficiency, comfort and indoor air quality and lower their energy bills. Over 1,900 participating contractors have made a commitment to help their community use less energy.
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