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*In the following states, please join/renew via your state chapter:

California: Efficiency First California
Connecticut: Home Performance Alliance of Connecticut
Georgia: Georgia Building Performance Association
Maryland: Maryland Building Performance Association
North Carolina: North Carolina Building Performance Association
Oregon: Home Performance Guild of Oregon
South Carolina: South Carolina Building Performance Association

Why Join Efficiency First?

One voice. Many markets.

Efficiency First's mission is to help your company -- and the home performance industry -- succeed. In the halls of Washington, DC and in your own backyard, we're dedicated to growing the home performance industry into a sustainable, profitable market segment. We offer education and networking opportunities to build the industry from the ground up.

Support our work helping companies retrofit America’s homes by becoming a member today. Members also gain access to the following benefits:

Member Education

Complimentary access to Efficiency First’s Knowledge is Power member education program.

  • Live Webinars

    Free access to 15+ live home performance success webinars a year, qualifying for CEUs

  • Webinar Library

    Access to 60+ webinar recordings in our online Webinar Library

  • Webinar Quizzes

    Watch a select past webinar and take an associated quiz for BPI CEUs

Advocacy & Networking

Support for Efficiency First’s advocacy on industry growth initiatives, networking opportunities, and access to the most up-to-date news on what’s happening in the industry

  • Industry Advocacy

    Removing national and local barriers to market growth

  • Local Chapters

    Creating a strong foundation to push the local industry forward, all across America

  • Home Performance News

    Monthly newsletter to keep you in-the-know on all things home performance

Direct Discounts

Members receive special discounts on home performance related products & services. Just to name a few:

  • Building products

    Enrollment in our Home Depot rebate program

  • Trainings & Tools

    $100 off ACI National, per attendee

  • Marketing

    Use of the Efficiency First logo on your materials, and more


How to Join / Renew


Join as a new member or renew today in the following ways:

  • Online

    Click here to join or renew online.*

  • By mail or fax

    Simply download a printer-friendly registration form by clicking here

  • By phone

    Give us a call at 415-851-4687 to join or renew today.*


*Monthly membership payments must be set up over the phone


Membership Levels

Membership with Efficiency First is by company, by location.

Individual Membership:

  • Dues: $100 year ($75 if combined with BPI certification)
  • One login account
  • Member benefits: voting rights, access to website, webinars, discounts, peer support, advocacy, and other member services

Home Performance Company, Energy Audit Company, Allied (General), Allied (Nonprofit), and Allied (Local Government) Memberships:

  • Dues: $400 year (may vary slightly in some states)
  • Companies that conduct home energy audits, home performance contracting, or similar businesses
  • Nonprofit and local government
  • Five logins for staff with member benefits
  • Member benefits: voting rights, access to website, webinars, discounts, peer support, advocacy, and other member services
  • Networking opportunities with EF members and affiliates
  • Logo and link on EF webpage
  • Ability to participate in and benefit from government affairs advocacy at state and federal levels

Sustaining Membership:

  • Dues: $1000 year (may vary slightly in some states)
  • Manufacturers, vendors, supply chain, program implementers, utilities, and similar companies
  • Fifteen logins for staff with member benefits
  • Networking opportunities with EF members and affiliates
  • Ability to offer competitive discount to EF members
  • Logo and link on EF webpage
  • Ability to participate in and benefit from government affairs advocacy at state and federal levels

Additional chapter dues are applied in CA, CT, Greater Cincinnati, MD, OR, and WA. Gross annual revenue refers to revenue from the home performance industry.


Sponsorship Information

Make a difference. Build a market.

You want to gain new customers. And you want those customers to succeed. Sponsorship of Efficiency First gives you access to a growing membership base that includes companies from all aspects of whole-home performance contracting. Building analysts and energy auditors. Insulation and air sealing contractors. HVAC contractors. Remodelers. Renewable energy installers. Real estate professionals. Building scientists. Financers. Trainers. All of them working together to turn the emerging home performance industry into a sustainable, profitable market segment.

Operated primarily by dedicated volunteers, Efficiency First’s staffing is lean and its overhead is low so your sponsorship contribution goes directly to providing education and networking opportunities for our members, as well as advocacy at both the national and grassroots level.

Show your support for the home performance industry—become an Efficiency First sponsor. Contact Efficiency First for more information on sponsorship: 415-851-4687, or info@efficiencyfirst.org.

Are Dues Tax Deductible?

Efficiency First is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(6) trade association that is actively engaged in lobbying federal, state and local governments on behalf of America's Home Performance workforce. Amounts paid to the association are not deductible as charitable contributions, but may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense, subject to exclusion for lobbying activity. Because a portion of your dues is used for lobbying (41 percent in 2011), that percentage is not deductible for income tax purposes. Therefore, 59 percent of your dues payment may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. It is important to check with your accountant, lawyer or tax professional to seek specific advice. Efficiency First does not provide legal or accounting advice.