Efficiency Maine’s Innovation Program is exploring the use of whole-home heat pump systems as a replacement for fossil fuel-fired furnaces. Mainers who use heat pumps as their sole source of heat have good things to say. Through this pilot, Efficiency Maine plans to offer these systems to eligible customers:
- Home must be located on the designated town list which can be found here
- Home must be a single-wide mobile home
- Home must be owner-occupied principal residence
- Homeowner must be a recipient of MaineCare, HEAP, SNAP, or TANF, or qualify based on Adjusted Gross Income
- Home must be presently heated entirely by oil, kerosene, propane, and/or electric resistance heating (must not have an existing heat pump system in home)
- Owner must agree to remove existing fossil fuel heating
- More home screening may still be required to determine eligibility
Interested in getting started?
- Fill out Income-Based Eligibility Verification Form to determine eligibility.
- If pre-approved, fill out this survey and answer a few questions about your home.
- An installer will reach out and schedule an in-person inspection.
- If your home meets all of the requirements, we will sign you up for a payment plan.
- Your heat pump unit is installed.
- Your payment plan starts six months after the heat pump unit is installed.
The cost to participants for the whole home heat pump is $2000. Participants of the pilot will be provided manufactured home heat pump leases to afford the remaining cost of the project. Participants will lease the equipment either with:
- one up-front payment of $2000, or;
- 50 monthly payments of $50.
After the payment obligations have been completed, the participant will have the option to purchase the equipment for $1. Additionally, Efficiency Maine will fully warranty the working operation of the heat pump during this lease period.
The pilot is open to a maximum of 100 participants.
Resources for Homeowners:
- Heating Oil Storage Tank FAQs: Information provided by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regarding the removal of oil storage tanks.
Preliminary results from phase 1 of the pilot show that these systems continue to perform well on the coldest days of the year, and that participants are satisfied and comfortable. In the winter of 2022-2023, phase 2 of the pilot was launched with the objective of expanding the sample size and focusing on manufactured homes specifically. Efficiency Maine is now launching Phase 3.