Q: I signed up for the home rebate program months ago and haven’t heard from anyone since. Has the program ended or are the energy raters just really busy?
When you signed up for the rebate program, you put your name on a waitlist.
Your name will be given to an energy rater when funding becomes available for you to participate in the program.
Then your assigned energy rater will call you to set up an appointment for your energy rating.
So the rebate program hasn’t ended, but all the funding has been set aside for other program participants. Funding becomes available for new participants when others let their deadline pass without collecting their rebate. You can check your status on the waitlist by visiting www.akrebate.com or by calling 1-877-257-3228.
Once there is funding available for your rebate, an energy rater will call you to set up an appointment. When the rater performs your rating, be sure to keep your receipt. You will need to send it, along with a copy of the rating, proof that you own your house and Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s (AHFC) As-Is Energy Rating Reimbursement form to AHFC.
It is important to mail these documents as soon as possible to ensure that funding is set aside for your rebate.
Q: I have a lot of moisture and ice building up on my windows, especially when it is really cold. Are my windows bad?
Not necessarily. Single-pane windows are prone to icing up if with even the smallest amount of humidity inside a home.
These windows are not recommended for this climate. Double and triple pane windows with icing problems can be a sign of a broken pane or broken window seal.
Also, the home may not be getting adequate ventilation, which causes condensation on windows when indoor moisture levels increase.
This column has focused on winter indoor air quality several times over the past year. To read our past advice on this topic, visit our website at www.cchrc.org.
Alaska HomeWise articles promote awareness of home-related issues. If you have a question, e-mail the Cold Climate Housing Research Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.You can also call the CCHRC at (907) 457-3454