Focus on Energy Trade Ally Receives Prestigious Department of Energy Award

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MADISON, WI – Focus on Energy, Wisconsin's statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy is proud to share the achievements of one of its outstanding Trade Ally partners. C.S. Construction, a contractor with Focus on Energy's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program, was recently awarded the Department of Energy's prestigious Contractor of the Year award. The Eau Claire-based company is one of four Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractors in the country that received this award for their work in maximizing home performance and energy efficiency. The award recognizes participating contractors who exhibit outstanding professionalism, builds strong customer relationships, and applies building science solutions to improve homes.

C.S. Construction is a design-build construction company that achieved a 10-fold increase in projects from 2016 to 2017, garnering 4,577 million British thermal units in energy savings more than $540,000 in incentives through Focus on Energy for their customers. Through their partnership with Focus on Energy, they help educate landlords about the benefits of making energy efficient improvements in their rental properties with Focus on Energy incentives.

"We congratulate C.S. Construction on this distinguished award," said Erinn Monroe-Nye, Program Director of Focus on Energy. "We're proud to have one of Focus on Energy's Trade Allies receive this honor from the Department of Energy. We have more than two-thousand registered Trade Allies in the state of Wisconsin. We appreciate their work in helping residents and businesses reduce their utility bills and become more energy efficient."

The Focus on Energy Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program pairs homeowners with trained contractors to conduct energy assessments and make energy-saving improvements. Participants can save up to $2,250 off the total cost of eligible energy efficiency home improvements including air sealing and home insulation. Visit for more information about energy efficiency programs for Wisconsin residents and businesses.

Award Presentation Photo

Pictured at the April 20 award ceremony: Karl Hilker, Focus on Energy; Dale Hoffmeyer, U.S. Department of Energy; Chris Sopiarz, C.S. Construction; Nat Peplinski, Focus on Energy; Scott Bloedorn, Focus on Energy.

About Focus on Energy

Focus on Energy is Wisconsin utilities' statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by the state's investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities. Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus on Energy information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment and control Wisconsin's growing demand for electricity and natural gas. For more information call 800.762.7077 or visit

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