Energy efficiency can bring rebates for homeowners
March 7, 2013
By Ed Ronco | KCAW: Maybe you’ve turned the thermostat down. Maybe you’ve put on an extra pair of socks, or you wear a sweater around the house. And maybe, as a result, you’ve seen some savings in your energy bill.
But a new state program might help you see even more savings, if you’re willing to go through certain steps. It’s called the energy rebate program, and it promises between $4,000 and $10,000 to homeowners who agree to make homes more energy efficient.
Jimmy Ord is with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, which runs the program. He says for some homeowners, it might mean adding better insulation, or making sure the house keeps its heat inside.
“And then a lot of times it’s the heating unit,” he said. “My home — I have a home that I purchased in Anchorage — has a 60 percent efficient boiler. Imagine if, every month, you spend $100 on your heating bill, $60 goes to heat your house and $40 goes up the chimney. So if you have an efficient unit, at maybe 95 percent efficient, $95 goes to heat your house, and only $5 goes up the chimney.”
Ord says more than 25,000 homes across Alaska have participated in the rebate and weatherization program, and they’ve seen an average of 30 percent savings on energy bills.