Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Get paid twice for saving energy in AK!

Before we put solar panels on the roof we need to reduce the amount of energy we use in order to minimize the size and costs of the system.  

Our house is already pretty efficient, but there are still some big energy saving things we can do (insulated blinds, heat exchanger, upgrade windows & appliances, a bit more weather stripping).  

Ceal discovered several financial incentive and assistance programs available to help Alaskans use less energy.  The great thing is that you get paid twice!  Once to retrofit and weatherize your home and again each month in the form of lower utility bills.  

What are we waiting for...?!

Weatherization assistance programs

Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) offers free weatherization services for low and medium income residents (family of four with income up to $84,900 qualifies) in western and northern Alaska, the Municipality of Anchorage and the City and Borough of Juneau.  The application links are on the right side bar of the RurAL CAP website, click here

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has two energy efficiency assistance programs:

1) Home Energy Rebate (HER) program - homeowners may receive up to $10,000 for making energy-efficient improvements.  See more at: http://www.ahfc.us/efficiency/energy-programs/home-energy-rebate/#sthash.a1xZ9rxi.dpuf
help Alaskans bring down their energy costs through energy rebates, weatherization grants, assistance applying for federal tax credits, special loans for weatherization and heating assistance programs for renters.
Along with financial support, we provide energy efficiency education through our Research Information Center, workshops and presentations from energy experts across the globe.
- See more at: http://www.ahfc.us/efficiency/#sthash.lb7qoezU.dpuhelps Alaskans bring down their energy costs through energy rebates, weatherization grants, assistance applying for federal tax credits, special loans for weatherization and heating assistance programs for renters.  Along with financial support, AHFC provides energy efficiency education through their Research Information Center, workshops and presentations from energy experts across the globe. 
help Alaskans bring down their energy costs through energy rebates, weatherization grants, assistance applying for federal tax credits, special loans for weatherization and heating assistance programs for renters.
Along with financial support, we provide energy efficiency education through our Research Information Center, workshops and presentations from energy experts across the globe.
- See more at: http://www.ahfc.us/efficiency/#sthash.lb7qoezU.dpufhas 2 Energy Efficiency programs:1)  Home Energy Rebate (HER) program - homeowners may receive up to $10,000 in rebates for energy-efficient improvements in your residence or summer home. 

2) Energy Efficiency Interest Rate Reduction (EEIRR) -  if you use natural gas for heating you may be eligible for a reduction in your mortgage interest rate (by as much as .750%).  

The AHFC process is hard to follow so it was a great relief to find this super helpful, wonderfully detailed and easy to follow (7) step by step "how to" list and video from ENERGY SMART ALASKA:  http://www.energysmartalaska.net/49.html.

Thanks ESA!!!

**ACTION ITEM**

For a decade the state funded the Alaska Village Energy Efficiency Program (VEEP) to help rural communities cut energy costs in public buildings, schools and tribal offices across Alaska (managed by managed the Alaska Energy Authority).  Despite high demand (84 communities applied in 2013), the Governor cut off funding for this vital program (.....part of the $billion giveaway to the gas and oil industry? Vote YES on Measure 1).  We don't expect the Gov to listen to us ordinary people, so we are asking folks to contact their legislators and tell them restore and expand funding for this vital program in the FY 2016.  At a time when energy costs are skyrocketing, VEEP is needed more than ever. 

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