Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®

A Member of the Arkansas Weatherization Network

"As a result of my comprehensive home energy assessment and energy efficient upgrades, I felt an immediate difference. The duct sealing and air sealing really helped with the comfort level in my home. This is a wonderful service!" -Bonnie F., homeowner

SWEPCO offers NO COST home energy assessments and energy efficiency improvements as part of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR ®. Home energy assessments are designed to help you identify problem areas in your home and the most beneficial energy efficiency improvements that will improve comfort and save you money. Recommendations are based on best-available building sciences and the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR process, a process backed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. Learn more about Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.

How does Home Performance with ENERGY STAR work?

SWEPCO offers qualifying residential customers NO COST home energy assessments and necessary energy efficient improvements that may include:
  • Ceiling Insulation
  • Wall Insulation
  • Duct Sealing
  • Air Sealing
  • Direct Installed Measures
    • LED bulbs
    • Energy saving showerheads and faucet aerators
    • Advanced Power Strips
To qualify for the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program the home has to have a valid SWEPCO residential account, and either be 10 years old or older, or have had a bill in the last 12 months that is $0.10/square foot or higher. The home must also have been occupied for the previous 12 months. The home cannot have participated in a weatherization program offered either through a utility or the government in the past 5 years.

Additional energy efficient home improvement rebates are available through the Residential Energy Improvement Program which will help to reduce the cost of product purchase and installation for measures not included in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. SWEPCO customers can participate in multiple residential energy efficiency programs, making the most out of the rebates SWEPCO has to offer.

What is a Comprehensive Energy Assessment?

A comprehensive energy assessment includes a visual home inspection as well as diagnostic and combustion safety testing of the home to identify the most cost-effective improvements. After completing the assessment, your contractor will install necessary energy efficiency improvements and provide you with an energy assessment report. To learn more, watch the ENERGY STAR video explaining an energy assessment.

Choose a Home Performance contractor from our Contractor Network to schedule your comprehensive energy assessment and energy efficient upgrades today.

Program Details

To qualify the following requirements apply:
  • The energy assessment must be conducted by a participating Building Performance Institute (BPI) or RESNET HERS certified contractor. Find a participating contractor in your area.
  • The customer must allow the assessing contractor to install the following direct install measures, if applicable; LEDs, faucet aerators, low-flow showerheads and advanced power strips. These measures are installed at no cost to the customer. The customer may also qualify to receive the following energy improvement measures at no cost:
    • Ceiling Insulation
    • Wall Insulation
    • Duct Sealing
    • Air Sealing
  • Participation is first-come, first-served for those that qualify.
  • Home Performance with ENERGY STAR energy improvements will be paid only for assessments and installations completed by a participating contractor.
  • Customers and contractors may reserve/qualify the home by submitting an Authorization to Release Information Form.
  • SWEPCO verifies the quality installation of upgrades through 100 percent documentation review and random, in-home inspections.

Program Eligibility

  • Rebates are available to any single family, duplex or manufactured dwelling served by a SWEPCO residential electric account. Condominiums and apartments are not eligible for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, but are eligible for rebates on many energy saving projects. Tenant-occupied dwellings are eligible. Tenant must obtain the property owner's approval via a signature on the Project Completion Form to participate in the program.
  • Manufactured and mobile homes for which mobility devices have been removed are eligible to participate.
  • Energy assessments and improvements must be performed by a participating contractor.
  • The home must be 10 years old or older, or have had a bill over 10 cents per square foot in the last year, and cannot have participated in a weatherization program in the past 5 years.
  • The home must have been occupied for the previous 12 months.

Use our Contractor Network list to find a contractor.

Steps

Step 1: Verify Your Home’s Eligibility

To reserve your home’s participation and to verify its eligibility, complete the Authorization to Release Information and submit via mail, fax, email or apply online.

The contractor may need energy consumption data from the past year before starting the assessment. The Authorization to Release Information form will allow that data to be sent directly to you and the participating contractor of your choice. You can find a participating contractor in your area or an Energy Advisor will have one contact you within 14 days of verifying eligibility. You must use a participating contractor in order to have your home assessed and upgraded.

Step 2: Schedule the Comprehensive Energy Assessment

The home performance contractor will schedule the assessment. Due to anticipated high demand for this program, there may be a waiting period.

Step 3: Complete the Assessment and Install Measures

The home performance contractor will conduct the assessment, install the necessary eligible measures, and conduct the required final inspection and diagnostic testing. Inspection and testing is required to verify the proper installation of equipment and improvements to your home.

Step 4: Submit Paperwork

The home performance contractor will submit the required paperwork to SWEPCO for verification that the upgrade meets SWEPCO's requirements.

Step 5: Quality Assurance Process

Your home may be chosen at random to have the installed energy improvements verified by the program staff. If so you will receive a letter and a follow up call to schedule a time for this review.

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