Frequently Asked Questions
Q. WHOm DO I CONTACT TO SEE IF I QUALIFY FOR FREE WEATHERIZATION?
A. First check the income guidelines to get a general idea of your eligibility. If you think you are eligible, contact one of the weatherization providers listed for your area. If you live in a home owned by a state-designated regional housing authority, you should contact the housing authority directly.
Q. IS THE WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM AVAILABLE FOR RENTALS OR CONDOS?
A. Yes. The Weatherization program does include rentals and condos.
Q. WILL HOMES THAT HAVE BEEN WEATHERIZED IN THE PAST BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM?
A: If a home was weatherized prior to May 14, 2008, it will be eligible to be re-weatherized in the Weatherization program for those individuals meeting income guidelines. However, these previously weatherized homes will not be as high a priority as those never weatherized.
Home Energy Rebate Program
Q. HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO GET MY FIRST ENERGY RATING AND SEND IN MY PAPERWORK?
A. You have 90 days from the date your name is dispatched to submit your paperwork to AHFC. Failure to submit your paperwork within 90 days will result in participant ineligibility. To become eligible again, you must reapply to the program by signing up on the waitlist. Please note: by signing up again on the waitlist there is no guarantee of participation. Funds are only set aside when AHFC receives your paperwork.
Q. WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE THE MONEY UPFRONT TO PAY FOR THE ENERGY IMPROVEMENTS IN THE HOME ENERGY REBATE?
A. AHFC is offering loans to qualified borrowers up to $30,000 through the Second Mortgage for Energy Conservation.
Q. DOES THIS PROGRAM COVER THE COST OF SWITCHING FROM OIL HEAT TO ELECTRIC OR WOOD HEATING?
A. The energy rating looks at the home's overall efficiency. It is able to model two different heating systems (a primary and secondary). Depending on certain components of the home, location and fuel source, your improvement options report may provide a higher or lower point value for switching. When you have the energy rating done, it's a good idea to tell the rater what you may be planning to do so the rater can model it in the energy-rating software.
The only items for which you can receive a rebate are those that appear on the Improvement Options Report for your home, which is generated by the AkWarm™ energy-rating software.
Q. IS THE HOME ENERGY REBATE TAXABLE INCOME? I HEARD THAT I WILL RECEIVE A 1099 FORM FROM AHFC.
A. AHFC has received a legal opinion from the State of Alaska Department of Law that requires AHFC to issue a 1099-G to individuals who receive payments under this program. It is up to the recipient to contact their tax advisor about any possible tax consequences.