Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs
There are numerous incentives and rebates available for home energy improvements. The recent stimulus package is adding new opportunities as well. These opportunities are numerous but can be difficult to navigate. As a Home Performance with Energy Star contractor with Efficiency Vermont, Thermal House can submit your project to Efficiency Vermont where they can help you navigate through the bureaucracy and get you the most monies for your project. Check out the links and resources page to learn more about what programs you may qualify for.
Updated list of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Incentives for Residential customers
(through December 2009)
As a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor, Thermal House’s work on your home can qualify for
incentives. An energy audit must be performed on your home, and the findings must be submitted to Efficiency
Vermont to determine qualification. All work must be screened and approved BEFORE work begins on your
Here is the most current list of incentives available to our customers:
• Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas customers are eligible for an incentive equal to one-third of
the installed cost (up to $2,500) to help pay for a comprehensive home energy efficiency project
completed by an Efficiency Vermont approved Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor.
Green Mountain Power customers may also be eligible for a $ 400 rebate to defray audit costs upon
completion of the recommended work.
• Moderate and lower income Vermonters that use oil, propane, or kerosene to heat their homes may
qualify for an incentive equal to one-third of the installed cost (up to $2,500) to help pay for a
comprehensive energy efficiency project completed by a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
• Customers not eligible for the above incentives can access either an incentive equal to 10% of the
installed cost (up to $500) or an interest rate reduction incentive offered through participating Vermont
lenders to help pay for comprehensive energy efficiency improvements completed by a Home
Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor.
• For homeowners not choosing the cash incentive option, Efficiency Vermont partners with several
Vermont lenders to offer a 3.5% interest rate reduction on loans of $15,000 or less for terms of 5 years
or less. For example, if the interest rate for a qualifying home improvement loan is 8.5%, Efficiency
Vermont will pre-pay the interest up to 3.5%, leaving your interest rate at 5%. Residential homes with
four units or less are eligible. You can finance 100% of installation costs for qualifying home
• Neighbor Works alliance of Vermont offers low-cost energy loans for income eligible households
through the Vermont Energy Saver Program. Contact Liz Curry at (802) 527-2892 or visit
• Chittenden Bank offers efficiency loans and partner with Efficiency Vermont to promote customer
incentives for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR projects. They do not offer the 3.5% interest
rate buy-down incentive. Call (802) 258-4090 or contact Arne Hammarlund at
Check with your tax preparer for a list of federal tax incentives.
New incentives are coming on-line almost daily. Call Efficiency Vermont at (888) 921-5990 or visit
efficiencyvermont.com for the most up to date information on incentives and financing.
Efficiency Vermont provides technical assistance and financial incentives to Vermont households and businesses, to help them reduce their energy costs with energy-efficient equipment and lighting and with energy-efficient approaches to construction and renovation.
Thinking about adding wall insulation, attic insulation or air sealing to your home? If so, you might be eligible for rebates up to $1,500 from NSTAR for such home upgrades. Call 800-654-5833 for more information.
The program provides a rebate covering 50% of the cost. Rebates will be capped at $1500 per customer account per calendar year.
Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy
Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency: Energy Star
Department of Energy – Tax Breaks
Visit our links and resources page to find out what programs you may qualify for.