Fairbanks family improves energy efficiency, saves money

Family sitting on couch enjoying an efficient home

Chris and his family were able to make energy efficiency upgrades such as adding insulation under the whole home, replacing both bathroom fans, sheet rocking the entire kitchen and replacing windows.

When Christopher Carr and his family were considering the purchase of a home in Fairbanks that was built in 1969, they could see that the home was not insulated well and was losing energy out of every corner. It would need energy efficiency updates. Before their offer on the home was accepted, their Realtor told them about Alaska Housing’s Home Energy Rebate Program and Chris applied that evening.

“The program steps were super easy to comply with and the best part was the option to have it done professionally or do it yourself,” said Chris. “We were able to do a lot of the upgrades ourselves, which allowed us to do more.”

Through the program, Chris and his family were able to make energy efficiency upgrades such as adding insulation under the whole home, replacing both bathroom fans, sheet rocking the entire kitchen and replacing windows.

“When you’re doing it yourself, a lot of tasks can be daunting but once implemented we saw a huge and immediate effect.”

Chris’ home went from 2-Star-Plus to 4-Star, offering energy cost savings while increasing livability and overall value of the home.

“Making your home more energy efficient seems like a no-brainer to me. Even the smallest changes have given us something in return. Our energy bills have been shockingly low.”

The Home Energy Rebate Program has helped roughly 27,000 Alaskan homeowners since 2008. When it was discontinued in March last year due to lack of funding, Christopher Carr was one of the last ones to participate. The Weatherization Program is similar and is available to Alaskans who meet its income limits.