Low-cost Weatherization and Heat Pumps For Eligible Maine Homes
Are you interested in lowering your heating costs and making your home more comfortable? Take steps to tighten up your home with the low-cost Energy Upgrade Bundle and consider having additional insulation or a ductless heat pump installed at deep discount.
Eligible homeowners can receive the $1,050 Energy Upgrade Bundle including a professional energy assessment and a number of basic weatherization improvements with as little as $50 out of pocket.
Homeowners are then able to receive additional elevated discounts on insulation projects and ductless heat pumps making the home more comfortable and affordable year-round.
Elevated discounts include $1,000 toward recommended insulation upgrades in attics, basements and exterior walls. A discount of 80% off of the installation of a single ductless heat pump up to $2,000 is now available.
Homeowner eligibility has been expanded to include participants in LIHEAP, municipal general-assistance programs, and other income-based programs. Owner-occupied mobile homes, and single family homes with a total municipal value of $80,000 or less are also able to receive LIHESP discounts.
In addition to higher weatherization and heat pump rebates and lower minimum contributions toward projects, Efficiency Maine also has a new Micro Energy Loan making energy upgrade project financing available to more homeowners than ever with low monthly payments and no upfront cost.
Call 866-376-2463 to connect with a local Energy Advisor or ductless heat pump installer in your area. Ask them about pricing, schedule, and willingness to provide a direct discount on their invoice. Efficiency Maine will send the incentive payments for completed work directly to your contractor.
To find contractors who provide energy efficiency services for low-income homeowners, visit our Find a Residential Registered Vendor page and select the “Low Income Services” checkbox next to the green icon.
Even if your credit is less than perfect, you may be eligible to finance energy upgrades through our new Micro Energy Loans. There is no cost or obligation to fill out our quick online application. Micro Energy Loans of up to $4,000 at 5.99% APR fixed interest and a monthly payment of $44 are available to most homeowners with our recently revised lending standards.
How does it work?
Most standard Home Energy Savings Program (HESP) eligibility criteria and rules apply for projects completed under Low Income HESP (LIHESP). Weatherization and heating systems upgrade rebates can be combined to provide as much as $5,000 total in incentives for your projects. Customer contributions toward project costs are dependent on the quote received on the desired scope of work from a Registered Vendor, but can be as low as $50. Minimum contribution amounts vary by measure but include: $50 minimum for $1,000 Assessment & Basic Energy Upgrades, and $1,000 rebate for each insulation zone (include attics, basements, and walls) upgraded with a $500 copay per zone.
When the project is complete, both the homeowner and vendor sign the LIHESP claim form and return it to Efficiency Maine for processing along with a project invoice, and proof of LIHEAP participation. If a loan is part of the project, submission of a loan project completion form will trigger release of loan proceeds to the vendor to cover the remainder of the agreed upon invoice amount.