Burns & McBride awarded Energy Star National Award dfor the Second Straight Year

EPA Century Club AwardBurns & McBride Home Comfort awarded Energy Star Century Club Award

 Burns & McBride Home Comfort today announced it has been named the recipient of the Home Performance with Energy Star Century Club Award for the second straight year.. In receiving this award, Burns and McBride Home Comfort was recognized for its work with the Energize Delaware Home Performance with Energy Star program, which involves helping homeowners improve their home’s energy efficiency with whole-house solutions that improve comfort and indoor air quality while reducing energy bills.   The award will be presented at an upcoming ceremony.

Recipients of Home Performance with Energy Star Century Club Awards were recognized based on helping a minimum of 100 homeowners through the Home Performance with Energy Star process over the past year. Burns & McBride Home Comfort helped hundreds Delaware homeowners receive nearly $1,000,000 in rebates through this program began while helping these people significantly lower their utility bills and carbon footprint.

“We’re pleased to be recognized with a Century Club Award,” said Tom McBride of Burns & McBride Home Comfort. “This award belongs to the entire team at Burns & McBride Home Comfort and at the DSEEU who administer Energize Delaware. By combining the award-winning Home Performance with Energy Star program with Burns & McBride’s significant consulting and installation experience to jointly deliver substantial results to our customers”

Working with the Home Performance with Energy Star program, Burns & McBride Home Comfort is transforming the way it sells, services, markets, engages and operates to grow its business. As a leading home energy provider in New Castle County, Delaware,  Burns & McBride Home Comfort worked hard to develop innovative campaigns to educate homeowners about the rebates available to them and walk them through the entire process. Many homeowners learn about the program for the first time from Burns & McBride Home Comfort’s team.

The Home Performance with Energy Star Century Club Award is an annual awards program honoring ENERGY STAR’s partner community and recognizing the contributions they have made towards helping a significant number of clients improve the comfort and energy efficiency of their homes.

About Energize Delaware

Energize Delaware’s Home Performance with Energy Star program helps homeowners transform their home with upgrades to insulation and mechanical equipment. Administered by the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU), the program provides financial incentives to the qualified homeowners throughout the State who install high-efficiency technologies.  By leveraging generous incentives and financing, Energize Delaware’s Home Performance with Energy Star program provides solutions that help homeowners offset the cost of installing energy efficient upgrades in their homes. Delaware residents can learn more about the Energize Delaware Home Performance with energy star program by visiting  https://www.burnsandmcbride.com/energize-delaware/


ENBurns & McBrideERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $362 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.4 billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at www.energystar.gov. 

About Burns & McBride Home Comfort

Burns & McBride is a charter member ion the Energize Delaware Home Performance with Energystar program. Burns & McBride Home Comfort provides residential customers with total guidance through the entire program process. They have been providing quality home comfort solutions to our customers since 1949. From heating and air conditioning sales and service, home heating oil delivery, trash and recycling and recently home security and smart home automation, Burns & McBride has striven to make sure that their customer’s homes were comfortable and secure

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Avoiding Spring Allergies

spring allergies

Enjoying the spring weather in Wilmington, Delaware, is difficult if you have to endure the constant coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and congestion caused by allergies. Pollen comes from spring flowers, and high humidity causes mold growth. These allergens easily get into your home through doors, windows, and your HVAC system. You can avoid spring allergies and improve your indoor air quality by cleaning regularly, using an air purifier, and maintaining your heating and air conditioning system.


Regular cleaning will keep dust, dirt, pollen, mold, and other contaminants from accumulating in your home. Use a damp cloth to wipe off HVAC air registers, return vents, and ceiling fans. Clean your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans by turning off the power, removing the covers, and washing them with soapy water. To save energy as well as keep allergens out, remove any leaves, grass clippings, pollen, or other debris from the surface of your outdoor air conditioning unit.

Using an Air Purifier for Allergies

Air purifiers or air cleaners use air filters to capture allergens. Air purifiers with high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value or MERV ratings can even filter some bacteria and viruses out of your indoor air. You can have a whole-home unit connected to your HVAC system by a professional or use a less expensive portable unit to improve the indoor air quality in one room or area. Take advantage of our Filter Easy program to have fresh, clean filters delivered to your home automatically

Maintaining Your HVAC System

An air conditioner can keep your indoor air cool, clean, and dry as long as you maintain it to prevent problems. Have your HVAC system inspected by a professional at least once per year and check the filters in your air purifier and air conditioner once per month. For maximum efficiency, replace the filters when they get dirty or at least every three months.

Burns & McBride Home Comfort can help you with all of your heating, air conditioning, indoor air quality and heating needs. We have 67 years of experience. Call us at 302-656-5110 for excellent service from one of our expert technicians.

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Energize Delaware Success Story

The middle of the winter is the absolute wrong time for your heater to give up the ghost.

Amber and Sean S. were in just this fix. Their furnace broke down earlier this winter. Dave Gorman, one of our senior techs came right over and diagnosed the problem – a bad furnace control board.


Although he was able to make a temporary repair so that they had heat for the night, they were looking at a significant repair bill.

Before making the repair though, they spoke with Jim Hess – one of our sales consultants – who walked them through the benefits of the Energize Delaware program

The result – rather than patch together an old heater – they were able to invest in both a new high efficiency furnace and air conditioner. And they received a check for $2,000 from the Energize Delaware program to help.

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What Do Those HVAC Ratings Mean?

HVAC ratings

If you’ve been shopping for a new HVAC system, you keep hearing all sorts of acronyms like “EER,” “SEER,” “AFUE,” or “HSPF” . If you don’t know what they mean, you should – all of these acronyms are rating systems that are used to score HVAC units on their efficiency.

These ratings can be very important to you. In addition to the fact that the higher the efficiency, the lower your utility bills, higher efficiency equipment may qualify for significant money back under the Energize Delaware program.

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Take Advantage of Energize Delaware


Use the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program to Save Thousands of Dollars on Qualifying Equipment

Energize Delaware is a program sponsored by the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility to help you save energy and money . This program is there to help Delaware property owners  by paying some of the cost of investing in home improvements to permanently cut their energy bills.

We have worked with hundreds of homeowners who, on average, have received $2,000 from the program.

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Protect Your Finished Room From Disaster

In our experience, water heaters seem to last from 8 to 12 years. A water heater leak, no matter how small it is, can cost a lot of money, even if you’re home when the leak occurs. You may have spent thousands of dollars finishing your basement, and the contractors boxed your water heater in – out of sight out of mind until it springs a leak. To protect against unexpected catastrophes, installing an automatic shut off valve is the easiest and most affordable approach.

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