Qualified homeowners can receive up to $1,500 toward the cost of qualifying energy upgrades to a home’s insulation or heating system. Homeowners may work with their contractor to develop a custom energy-saving project or may select from a menu of eligible measures. The incentives from Efficiency Maine’s Home Energy Savings Program (HESP) will help offset the cost of air sealing, insulation, qualified heating systems, and in some cases, energy assessments.
Customers who select a custom path must first hire a certified professional to conduct a home energy assessment. If the suggested energy measures that are installed are sufficient to reduce energy savings by 20 percent, a homeowner can earn up to $1,000 in incentives. Reduced energy savings of 40 percent could yield a maximum of $1,500 in incentives. Alternatively, customers can select from a menu of prescribed options up to a cap of $1,500. For example, six hours of air sealing accompanied by an energy assessment may be eligible for a $400 incentive. Insulation installed in walls and/or ceilings may be eligible for up to $1,000 in incentives.
Efficiency Maine is also offering incentives ranging from $250 to $500 for qualified supplemental heating systems for the highest efficiency ductless heat pumps, pellet stoves, and wood stoves. Best-in-class whole-house heating systems that run on natural gas, oil, or propane, or ducted air source heat pumps may be eligible for a $500 rebate, provided they are ENERGY STAR-rated and meet other standards.