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Residential Energy Conservation Program

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0% Interest Assistance for Qualifying Energy Efficiency Projects

HG&E’s Residential Energy Conservation Program (RECP) can provide homeowners with the money they need to make energy-saving improvements to their homes. This program provides financial assistance at 0% interest for the implementation of approved energy efficient measures.  Financial assistance is repayable over a period of up to five years and repayment charges are conveniently placed on your HG&E monthly bill.  A one-time processing fee of $100 does apply. Please see below for project-specific requirements. Please click here for a complete list of the program terms and conditions.

The maximum level of assistance per property type is as follows:
Single Family Homes: Up to $10,000
• Multi-Family Properties:
     o Properties with two units: Up to $15,000
     o Properties with 3-4 units: Up to $20,000

How to Apply: Get started by reviewing the step-by-step guide. (A link to the application is provided in the step-by-step instructions). 

HEATING & COOLING

Equipment Type Requirements Additional Incentives
Air Source Heat Pumps & Mini-Splits • SEER ≥ 18, EER ≥ 12.5, HSPF ≥ 9
• Customer must have received home energy audit within past 3 years
• AHRI certificate
• The condenser and the evaporator coil must be new and replaced together

Note: ASHP systems/participants that qualify for HG&E's Whole-Home Air Source Heat Pump Program are also eligible.

HG&E Rebate
(Up to $250-$750/Ton)

Connected Homes Program
(Up to $5-$8/Month)

Mitsubishi Muni Heat Pump Discount
($300-$600)

Central Air Conditioning • SEER ≥ 16, EER ≥ 13
• AHRI certificate
• Customer must have an existing ducted heating or cooling system in place before installation.
• The condenser and the evaporator coil must be new and replaced together.

HG&E Rebate
(Up to $100/Ton)

Connected Homes Program
(Up to $8/month)

Gas Fired Warm Air Furnace

• AFUE Rating ≥ 95%
• Input capacity of new system must be less than or equal to input capacity of current system
• *See additional requirements for gas-related projects below

N/A
Gas Fired Steam Boilers

• AFUE Rating ≥ 82%
• Input capacity of new system must be less than or equal to input capacity of current system
• *See additional requirements for gas-related projects below

 N/A

Gas Fired Hot Water Boilers

• AFUE ≥ 90%
• Consider installing outdoor reset controls when applicable
• Input capacity of new system must be less than or equal to input capacity of current system
• *See additional requirements for gas-related projects below

N/A
Gas Condensing Boiler with On-Demand Hot Water Heater

• AFUE ≥ 95%
• Must be replacing either a gas combi heat/hot water boiler, or replacing both gas domestic hot water system and gas space heating system
• Must be considered one unit by manufacturer
• Input capacity of new system must be less than or equal to input capacity of current system(s)
• *See additional requirements for gas-related projects below

N/A
Thermostats
  • Programmable Thermostat: Must be 7-day programmable thermostat

HG&E Rebate

DOMESTIC HOT WATER

Equipment Type Requirements Additional Incentives
Electric Hot Water Heaters

Electric Storage Tank Hot Water Heaters: Must be converting from gas, oil or propane

Heat Pump Hot Water Heaters: Energy Star

HG&E Rebate
(Up to $150-$750)

Gas Storage Water Heaters

• Energy Star
• Input capacity of new system must be less than or equal to input capacity of current system
• *See additional requirements for gas-related projects below

N/A
Indirect Water Heater

• Attached to a Gas Fired Boiler with an AFUE (efficiency rating) of 90% or greater. Must be replacing gas hot water heater. 
• Input capacity of new system must be less than or equal to input capacity of current system
• *See additional requirements for gas-related projects below

N/A
Solar Hot Water Heater (up to $5,000) • SRCC Certified
• Up to $5,000 in assistance available (Up to $7,000 if converting from gas, oil or propane)
N/A
WEATHERIZATION
Note: For weatherization assistance, you must be current HG&E electric customer or must use natural gas supplied by HG&E as your primary heating source. 
Item Requirements Additional Incentives
Insulation
(Attic, Wall, 
Floor, Basement,
Heating & Hot
Water Pipe &
Rim Joist
Insulation)
Final Recommended R-Values:
  • Attic insulation: R49-R60
  • Wall insulation: R18-R20
  • Floor insulation: R30 
  • Basement insulation: R15-R19
  • Heating & Hot Water Piping Insulation: R3
HG&E Rebate
(Up to 50% of cost; Max of $2,000)
Air Sealing and Blower Door Tests Home energy audit recommended
• If RECP funds are used to receive a Blower Door Test, Blower Door Test report must be submitted with post-installation form
HG&E Rebate
(Up to 50%; Max of $500)
Duct Sealing Home energy audit recommended HG&E Rebate
(Up to 50%; Max of $500)
Replacement Windows • Current Energy Star Certification for the Northern Climate Zone
• Windows being replaced must be single-pane windows and shall be attested to with application
Home energy audit  required and audit must recommend that the windows be replaced
N/A
Replacement Doors Current Energy Star Certification for the Northern Climate Zone N/A

ELECTRIC VEHICLE EQUIPMENT

Item Requirements Additional Incentives
EV Charging Infrastructure • Costs covered: Service upgrades, equipment costs and installation costs
• Must enroll in Connected Homes EV Charger Program
Connected Homes EV Charger Program
($10/Month & Free Charger or $450 bill credit)

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Item Requirements Additional Incentives
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Up to $10,000  -  Note that solar financial assistance is available in addition to assistance for energy efficient home improvements, but maximum outstanding assistance granted to a customer is capped at a total of $10,000. Assistance for Solar-PV is only granted to customers who provide documentation that they shall own such system. N/A

*Additional Requirements for gas projects:
     • Input capacity of new system must be less than or equal to input capacity of current system
     • Must have valid gas permit ID
     • Customer must complete any required upgrades to gas service as determined by HG&E
     • Customer must confirm natural gas is available for the project prior to starting work

How to apply: Get started by reviewing the step-by-step guide.

Questions? Email efficiency@hged.com or contact us at (413) 536-9300.

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