Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program

Home Performance with Energy Star® is a comprehensive, whole house approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort at home, while helping to protect the environment and fight global warming. Rather than focusing on a single problem like an old heating system, not enough insulation in the attic or drafty windows; Home Performance with Energy Star® looks at how improvements throughout your home can work together to give you the best results.

NHEC's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program provides incentives for energy efficiency improvements on residential buildings that use all types of fuel for heat. We offer this program to members who meet the fuel usage threshold using our Home Heating Index (HHI) tool. The HHI is a benchmark of how efficiently heating fuel energy is used in your home. Using this tool, customers can qualify for incentives of 50% of the cost of recommended energy efficiency improvements up to $4,000.

There is a $100.00 audit fee (a $480 value) payable to the contractor conducting the audit at the time of the audit. This is a non-refundable fee that will be credited towards the member's 50% co-pay. To help cover our members' out-of-pocket expenses, NHEC has established an interest-free revolving loan program through a grant from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Fund. This loan is available to qualified members. Complete loan program details and eligibility guidelines are available by clicking here: Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program

Services included but not limited to:

  • Air sealing
  • Insulation
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Hot water saving measures
  • Refrigerator replacement rebates
  • Lighting upgrades
  • Insulating and sealing duct work
  • Health and safety measures

Program participants will receive a home energy analysis by a BPI certified professional, which consists of:

  • Blower Door air leakage testing which reveals leaks in the home where heat can escape and cold air can infiltrate
  • Combustion Appliance safety testing
  • Checking the adequacy of insulation in the attic, walls and basement
  • Evaluating opportunities for lighting and appliance efficiency upgrades
  • Evaluating accuracy of thermostats
  • Inspecting heating and hot water systems for proper insulation and settings
  • Evaluating the home for health and safety related opportunities
  • Providing a computer analysis that calculates estimated savings and a return on investment for certain energy-efficient improvements if they are installed in the home

How do I apply?

Members whose homes meet the qualifying Home Heating Index (HHI) energy use rating are eligible to participate in the program. See eligibility requirement to obtain a rating of your home. Note: You will need one year of fuel bill history and the square footage of your home to determine your eligibility.

Members applying by phone will be screened for their HHI. Qualified members will be mailed a copy of their HHI score along with an application that must be completed and returned to NHEC.

This program is available to members owning or renting an existing home, or owning or renting in an existing 1-4 unit apartment building in the NHEC service territory. Home businesses are not eligible for this program.

Confirm your eligibility and submit an application:

Click here to check your eligibility and apply online
(you will be redirected to the NHSaves website used by all NH Utilities for the Home Performance with Energy Star program)

I don't have access to the internet! You can still apply by calling 1-800-698-2007

When checking your eligibility, you will need at least one year of fuel bill history and the square footage of your home. Members accepted into the program will be required to submit two years of fuel bills and their home's square footage. Eligibility is based on fuel used for heating only.

What if I do not qualify?

Your house is performing well, but you still want to save money on energy. See the ENERGY STAR® web site for videos on how you can do your own audit, and complete projects that can increase comfort and cut down on your energy bills. Click here to view videos. There are also auditors available throughout the state to perform a for-fee energy audit of your home. For a list of auditors in your area please see the REPA NH (Residential Energy Performance Association) website: www.repa-nh.org

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View ENERGY STAR videos: A Comprehensive Approach to Home Improvement

For other inquiries, please contact Co-op Member Solutions by Email, or call 1-800-698-2007

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