Newsminer: Rebate program begins for energy-efficient homes

From the Fairbanks Daily Newminer May 16, 2008

The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. kicks off a rebate program today to reimburse property owners for making their homes more energy-efficient.

The new program will supplement a long-running weatherization effort available to residents who earn up to, but not above, the state’s median income.

The rebate program and a dramatic expansion to the weatherization program come amidst — and in response to — rocketing energy prices.

Energy raters in Fairbanks said Wednesday they’re already busier than usual this spring with calls from people looking to cut their long-term heating bills at home.

The demand for home analyses will likely grow under the rebate program, which housing officials say is only available to homeowners who consult with a qualified energy rater.

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