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Frequently Asked Questions

Weatherization Program

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. 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.

Q. WILL I BE ELIGIBLE FOR TAX CREDITS?

A. You maybe eligible. Go to the Energy Star Website for more info.

Q. WHERE CAN I READ DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM?

A. You can read all of the details about the Home Energy Program in this document

Q. CAN I COMBINE THE HOME ENERGY REBATE WITH THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY INTEREST RATE REDUCTION?

A. You can use both programs, but you must be aware that they are independent programs and each has their own deadlines and requirements. Read more here

Q. CAN YOU EXPLAIN POINTS AND STEPS?

A. A detailed explanation of points and steps is included in the step by step guide as well as a description of how it impacts the rebate.