Efficiency Programs

 

In-Home Energy Evaluation Program

PES Energize and TVA are making it easier than ever to become energy efficient while also saving money. With the new In-Home Energy Evaluation Program, you can reduce your power usage and receive a cash incentive or financing assistance for installing home energy improvements. The recommended energy-related home improvements you make are eligible for reimbursement of 50 percent of the installation cost, with an upper limit of $500, or for convenient financing.

Here’s how it works

• Call PES Energize or Conservation Services Group (CSG) at 1-866-441-1430. to schedule an audit with a TVA-certified evaluator. PES Energize charges a $150 in-home evaluation fee. If the home owner makes recommended improvements this fee will be reimbursed.

• After your home is evaluated, a report is created outlining the potential energy-efficiency modifications and available cash incentives or financing (if applicable).

• To ensure work is completed to TVA’s standards, modifications must be made by a member of the TVA Quality Contractor Network, except for self-installed measures (as allowed by your local power company). The evaluator will provide the names of qualified contractors.

• All home modifications must be completed within 90 days. Once the work is finished, it will be inspected to ensure that everything is installed properly to maximize savings.

• After the inspection, you submit receipts for thecompleted work to be eligible for the cash incentive. For financing, your contractor will be paid directly upon successful completion of the inspection. 

Cash incentive option

No matter how many modifications are made, $500 is the maximum reimbursable amount for all approved work completed. Some modifications have lower maximum amounts, and some require PES Energize pre-approval (see table below).

Financing options

• Energy Finance Solutions (EFS) financing, with repayment is directly to EFS. 

Eligible improvements

The items below are eligible for financing or up to a 50 percent cash incentive on recommended installation measures. Some items may also be eligible for federal tax credits. For information, see the Tax Incentives Assistance Project site.

Energy Efficiency Measure

Requirement

Cash Incentive

Financing available?

Replace windows

Must be ENERGY STAR®

$500

No

Storm windows

Must meet energy right® requirements

$500

Yes

Duct repair/ replacement & sealing

Existing HVAC only

Air distribution only

$500

Yes

Rehabilitation work

Minor repair work such as broken glass, glazing or prime door replacement, with power company pre-approval

$250

Yes

Replace HVAC

All heat pumps included

Dual-fuel heat pumps

Air conditioning (with gas pack or gas split)

Must be ENERGY STAR

Power company pre-approval for dual-fuel or air conditioning

$250

Heat  pumps

Dual-fuel  heat pumps

Attic insulation/ ventilation (must be nonpowered)

Must meet energy right requirements (Weatherization)

$500

Yes

Floor or perimeter insulation, and ground cover

Must meet energy right requirements (Weatherization)

Where allowed by codes

$500

Yes

Exterior wall insulation

Knee walls only

R18 or greater

$500

Yes

Water heater insulation

Electric only

$50

Yes

Air sealing (including weatherstrip and caulk)

Must meet energy right requirements (Weatherization)

$500

Yes

Self-installed insulation, caulk, weatherstrip, rehabilitation (as defined above)

Only the cost of materials may be claimed

Power company pre-approval

$250

No

HVAC tune-up

Must be performed by QCN contractor.

$150

Yes

 

Non-eligible items

The following items are not eligible for the cash incentive or financing option:

• Water heaters (including tankless)

• Clothes washers or dryers

• Dishwashers

• Refrigerators

• Insulated garage doors

• Storm doors

• Window film/solar screens

• Radiant barriers

• Room air conditioners

• Programmable thermostats (existing systems)

 

For more information on the In-Home Energy Evaluation Program, contact PES Energize at 931-363-2522.

Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit

Just complete a “do-it-yourself” home energy audit and you’ll receive a free Energy Conservation Kit in the mail!
Home Audit KitThe kit includes:
•    2 compact fluorescent bulbs
•    Outlet & light switch gaskets
•    Filter whistle
•    2 faucet aerators
•    Hot water temperature gauge
•    Home thermometer
•    How to Save brochure

You’ll also receive a free energy audit report to help you understand where your home is wasting energy.  There are two ways to complete the energy audit.

•    Mail-In Energy Audit
•    Online Audit  

The promotion is offered through TVA and energy right®.  By using the energy kit, you will be able to reduce the amount of electricity you consume each month.  Compact fluorescents use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer than traditional bulbs.  Outlet and light switch gaskets insulate to stop air leaks.  Faucet aerators save water and improve efficiency.  A filter whistle lets you know when your air filter should be changed, and the hot water temperature gauge measures the temperature of tap water to determine if the setting on your hot water heater should be lowered.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

If you are interested in having your house or apartment weatherized and have not received such assistance at your present address since September 30, 1993, your LIHEAP application will be referred to the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

The South Central Human Resource Agency in Giles County will handle making appointments and taking applications.  You can reach the agency at 931-363-5382 or call PES Energize for more details at 931-363-2522.

Services Available Under the WAP:

  • Insulation of attic, floor and electric water heaters
  • Caulking of doors and windows
  • Insulation of weather-stripping and thresholds
  • Glazing of windows
  • Installation of window and door screens
  • Use of reflective sealant for mobile homes
  • Installation of smoke detectors
  • Replacement/repair of water heater and/or refrigerator
  • Installation of prime and storm windows