Wisconsin Offers Green For Going Green

If you live in Wisconsin, you might just be eligible to receive incentives and assistance to help your home become more energy-efficient. Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide utility program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, is rolling out a new set of programs for 2012. “These programs will allow Focus on Energy to reach new market segments, help deliver cost-effective energy savings and better serve utility ratepayers,” William S. Haas, director of program administration, said in a statement.

The new programs cover a wide range of energy-saving and green initiatives, everything from appliance recycling, to insulation upgrades, to energy-efficient lighting installs. In the market for a new water heater? The program’s Residential Rewards Program might just be able to help you. Under the program, homeowners can earn cash back, up to $500, for pre qualified water heaters, furnaces and boilers.

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Thinking about finally taking care of those drafts that plague your home each winter? Additional incentives will be coming out this spring for attic insulation and other building shell improvements. The state’s Home Performance Energy Star Program offers a “whole house” solution to reduce your energy costs and carbon footprint. Completing the recommended energy efficient upgrades through the program can help save you up to 30 percent on energy costs a year, not to mention providing more comfort and increased home value. In this tough economy, who doesn’t want that?

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.