Homes & Renovations
Whether you are building a new home or remodeling an existing home, the following rebate and incentive programs for residential homeowners and/or home-builders can save you money.
ENERGY STAR Homes Program (New Construction)
Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the ENERGY STAR Homes Program is a nationwide effort to make new homes more energy efficient.
As part of the program, a nationally certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater provides design assistance, efficiency recommendations, testing, and certification for your home to help ensure that it meets the required program guidelines.
The following option is available for builders/homeowners opting to use a conventional fossil-fuel based heating system (e.g., oil, liquid propane, or natural gas forced air or hot water boiler systems); we pay for the HERS Rater services (a $750+ value) and offer additional incentives based on the overall energy performance of the house.
Homes participating through our Traditional (non-geothermal) program are at least 20 percent more efficient than homes built to conventional building codes.
You can enroll in the ENERGY STAR Homes program.
NH Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (Existing Homes)
Customers whose homes meet the qualifying Home Heating Index (HHI) energy use rating are eligible to participate in the program and receive a comprehensive “whole house” energy assessment and may receive incentives for making energy efficiency improvements. See the eligibility requirement to obtain a rating of your home.
This program is available to customers owning or renting an existing home, or owning or renting in an existing 1 to 4 unit apartment building in our service territory.
A certified energy auditor will conduct a comprehensive “whole house” assessment of your home. The assessment is an energy and safety evaluation of the home that includes a visual inspection of lighting and appliances as well as performance testing of the ventilation and mechanical systems, building tightness, and insulation levels. Following the assessment the auditor produces a report outlining recommended energy efficiency improvements.
There is a $100 audit fee (a $450 value) payable at the time of scheduling the audit. Audit fees may be refunded to customers who implement at least one recommended energy-efficiency improvement equivalent to the value of the audit.
Based on recommendations made by your auditor you may be eligible for a 50 percent incentive–up to $4,000–to help you pay for the energy efficiency improvements. Recommendations may include:
- Adding additional insulation to your attic, basement and walls.
- Sealing and insulating ductwork.
- Reducing air leaks and drafts by air sealing around windows, doors, plumbing and electrical penetrations.
- Upgrading lighting by installing compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, LED bulbs, or fixtures.
- Installing water saving devices such as faucet aerators and low flow showerheads.
- Insulating domestic hot water pipes and tanks.
You can choose to contract directly with your auditor to install the improvements. Improvements must be installed by the program auditor to qualify for incentives. Random inspections of contractor work are conducted to help ensure quality installations.
Please note, you will need one year of fuel bill history and the square footage of your home to determine your eligibility and submit an application. Customers applying by phone (800-662-7764) will be screened for their HHI. Qualified customers will be mailed a copy of their HHI score along with an application that must be completed and returned to us.
Once accepted into the program, two years of fuel bills and their home's square footage are required with an application.
Please note, program details and incentives are subject to change without prior notice.
Home Energy Assistance (Income Eligible)
This program is available to income-eligible customers and is designed to help manage energy use and reduce electric bills through home improvements such as insulation, air sealing, thermostat replacement, hot water conservation measures, and cost-effective appliance and lighting upgrades.
To learn if you qualify, contact one of the local Community Action Agencies (CAA) in the state. The CAAs will determine eligibility by total household income and the number of members in your household.
You might also qualify for the Electric Assistance Program (EAP) and/or other federal and state tax incentives for home renovations.