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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Efficiency Maine Residential Home Energy Savings Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/30/2013
Program Overview:
State: Maine
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Custom Home Performance Projects, Pellet Stove, Wood Stove, Ductless Heat Pump
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Amount:Up to $1,500
Funding Source:Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Program Budget:$7,300,000
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Qualified homeowners can receive up to $1,500 toward the cost of qualifying energy upgrades to a home’s insulation or heating system. Homeowners may work with their contractor to develop a custom energy-saving project or may select from a menu of eligible measures. The incentives from Efficiency Maine’s Home Energy Savings Program (HESP) will help offset the cost of air sealing, insulation, qualified heating systems, and in some cases, energy assessments.  
Customers who select a custom path must first hire a certified professional to conduct a home energy assessment. If the suggested energy measures that are installed are sufficient to reduce energy savings by 20 percent, a homeowner can earn up to $1,000 in incentives. Reduced energy savings of 40 percent could yield a maximum of $1,500 in incentives. Alternatively, customers can select from a menu of prescribed options up to a cap of $1,500. For example, six hours of air sealing accompanied by an energy assessment may be eligible for a $400 incentive. Insulation installed in walls and/or ceilings may be eligible for up to $1,000 in incentives.
Efficiency Maine is also offering incentives ranging from $250 to $500 for qualified supplemental heating systems for the highest efficiency ductless heat pumps, pellet stoves, and wood stoves. Best-in-class whole-house heating systems that run on natural gas, oil, or propane, or ducted air source heat pumps may be eligible for a $500 rebate, provided they are ENERGY STAR-rated and meet other standards.
Efficiency Maine is also offering a $100 “Next Step Bonus” for completion of one additional measure beyond air sealing and assessment.  Find out more at

  Efficiency Maine
168 Capitol Street
Suite 1
Augusta, ME 04330-6856
Phone: (866) 376-2463
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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