Weatherization & Rebate Program Impacts Report

This report provides an overview of the impacts of the Home Energy Rebate and Weatherization programs run by the state of Alaska to make homes more energy efficient. The focus is whether the programs accomplished legislative goals:

  • Reduce energy use
  • Reduce energy costs for Alaskans
  • Improve home comfort and durability
  • Improve quality of life and alleviate hardship for residents
  • Stimulate private investment in home retrofits
  • Create jobs and stimulate the construction industry
  • Reduce greenhouse gas and particulate matter emissions

 

Projects

AkWarm Updates CCHRC is updating AkWarm, the software used to rate the energy efficiency of Alaska homes, to account for renewable energy, heat loss characteristics, and regional variations in climate and energy.
HERS Software Development CCHRC is researching and developing guidelines for AHFC staff to use when reviewing software for compliance with the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) standard.
Rebate & Weatherization Program Evaluation Audit Process This project evaluated AHFC's weatherization and rebate programs to determine outcomes and recommend improvements.
PM 2.5 Reduction Policy CCHRC developed a model to estimate PM2.5 emissions from residential heating sources in Fairbanks and evaluated a variety of policy options aimed at reducing emissions, finding that these efforts could cut emissions in half.
4-5 Star Plus Energy Rated Homes Survey & Analysis Ivan Moore Research (IMR) of Anchorage conducted a customer survey of Four Plus and Five-Star Plus homes to determine customer satisfaction and understanding of building components.