GreenSavers, an Oregon home improvement company specializing in insulation and energy-efficiency projects, received the Energy Star Contractor of the Year award for 2017 bestowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. This is the second year in a row that GreenSavers won the Energy Star honor.
AZ Energy Efficient Homes of Phoenix, Arizona also won the 2017 award.
GreenSavers, which has offices in Portland and Bend, helped more than 800 homeowners retrofit their homes to boost energy efficiency in 2015 and 2016.
Ironically, President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts to the EPA threaten to nix the entire Energy Star program, best-known for encouraging Americans to shop for home appliances based on their energy usage. Trump has proposed slashing EPA's funding by more than 30 percent. However, the recent stopgap budget compromise crafted by Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress did not go along with such draconian cuts to the EPA. Congress must revisit the federal budget again in September.