Housing Finance Corporation’s Energy Rebate Program isn’t working as smoothly
as it could be. The program is so popular, energy raters statewide are having
trouble keeping up with the new demand, causing many who signed up wait months
before any work can be started. Mary Donaldson has more.
Alaska residents who have signed up for the Home Energy
Rebate Program can’t move forward with their home improvements as quickly as
they’d like. The AHFC program was created to allow Alaska homeowners to take steps to reduce
their energy bills, and to make their homes more energy-efficient. The
popularity of the program has taken off since there are no income requirements,
and the only major qualification is that you are a year round home owner.
Bolling is an energy specialist with AHFC and says it is the high demand for
the program that is causing the slow moving process.
(Bolling 1 :34s “…about the program.”)
start the program, those interested must first have their homes evaluated by an
energy rater to determine the “as-is” rating, and to determine what improvements
(Bolling 2 :42s “…of
up to 4-thousand dollars.”)
notes however, that the rebate amounts will depend on the actual amount that is
spent, up to the total rebate amount allocated for that level, and up to
10-thousand dollars maximum. He says program participants will also be
reimbursed for the initial energy rating, up to 325-dollars, and for the final
energy rating after improvements have been made, up to 175-dollars.
Friend, owner of Friend Contractors in Kodiak, is a certified energy rater. He
says he is one of only three in Kodiak, and that they are staying very busy. He
says each energy rating for a home takes anywhere from one to four hours, and that
he is working on the energy ratings around his daytime job, which is why he is
having trouble meeting the demand.
He says measuring
efficiency in a home has many elements that are tallied, and then totaled to
find a home’s “star rating”, which is based on a point value.
(Friend 1 :28s “…the star rating.”)
a home’s star rating, the energy rater can then produce an improvement options
(Friend 2 :12s “…where
would you spend it first.”)
Tucker is one Kodiak resident who has signed up to make energy-efficient
improvements to his home. He says he signed up in May and he just received his
home’s as-is energy rating, but that the wait was worth it.
(Tucker 1 :38s “…that you wanna do.”)
He says the future savings that the program provides
2 :30s “…to have these done.”)
says even though winter will soon be here, it won’t stop him from making what
improvements he can.
says so far in Kodiak, there have been 18 as-is ratings completed for those who
have applied for the first energy rating rebate. Because of the wildly popular
program, an additional 60-million dollars was allotted by the legislature to
the home energy rebate program, which now gives AHFC a total of 160-million in
funding. There are now about 80 to 100 certified energy raters statewide, which
is double the number that were providing these services before the program
started in May.
HOST TAG: You can find a link for more information to
AHFC’s Home Energy Rebate Program here.