The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has announced the Home Energy Rebate Program is to be suspended in March. The waitlist is extended to March 25, 2016. It will take about a year to phase out the program.
The energy rebate program has helped many families and home owners in Alaska upgrade their home to energy efficient homes to save money in heating costs and was quite good in saving air quality and overall use of fossil fuels. It was also used as an incentive to build new 5 Star plus energy efficient homes. Rebates were given to the buyers of these homes. A 6 Star level was just introduced last year.
According to AHFC Press Release “24,560 families completed improvements and received rebates averaging $6,463. An additional 3,248 families built new construction and received rebates up to $10,000 for building to the highest efficiency level recognized -- currently, six stars.”
Independent studies by the University of Alaska’s Institute for Social and Economic Research, Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) and others have shown increased technical job skills and the program saved an equivalent of 18,104,968 gallons of No. 2 fuel oil, buoying local economies and helping to bridge the natural gas shortfall experienced in Southcentral during the brownout practices in 2009 and 2010.”
This program was nationally recognized as a proactive approach to saving money and use of fossil fuels to heat homes. It is a real shame they are cutting this program.
Alaskans who are currently on AHFC’s waitlist can check the status of their application online. New participants have time to sign up at www.ahfc.us or by calling 1-877-257-3228 during normal business hours until March 25.