This page provides states, territories and Tribes with resources to design and implement their Home Energy Rebate programs. Programs are not required to adopt these recommendations.
For resources related to applying for program funding, see our application guidance page.
Overarching Program Goals
States, territories and Tribes should consider the following goals when designing their programs:
- Establishing exemplary and innovative efficiency and electrification programs.
- Enabling widespread access and uptake for disadvantaged communities.
- Demonstrating the value of sustained investments to continue market transformation.
- Growing the clean energy economy to reduce pollution from buildings.
Deploying Effective Programs
Program administrators should consider how to:
- Help households lower energy bills.
- Meet household needs for sufficient, efficient, and safe heating, cooling, and other energy services.
- Support fair pricing for technologies and services.
These resources focus on identifying program goals, establishing systems, and setting rules and guidelines:
- Budget Allocation Calculator
- Consumer Protection Best Practices
- Data Access Plan:
- Data & Tools Requirements Guide
- Designing and Planning Home Energy Rebate Programs
- Education and Outreach Plan Required Elements
- Evaluation Recommendations
- Guidelines for Leveraging Other Funding Sources with Home Energy Rebates
- Home Efficiency Rebates Retroactivity Fact Sheet and Eligibility Checklists
- Implementation RFP Guidance for Home Efficiency Rebates
- Implementation RFP Guidance for Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates
- Integrating Home Energy Rebates with Existing Programs
- Maximizing Home Energy Performance When Using Home Energy Rebates
- Measured Path Incentive Payment Calculator for Home Efficiency Rebates
- Required Elements of a Community Benefits Plan
- RFP Guidance for Program Planning, Technical, and Administrative Support
DOE is partnering with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to provide additional resources for states, territories and Tribes, including:
- Information on the application programming interface (API) that will facilitate the reporting of program data from states, territories and Tribes to DOE
- Area median income tables
- An AMI/FPI calculator to assist states interested in combining their Rebates program with the Weatherization Assistant Program or other programs that use an federal poverty level (FPL) threshold.
Supporting the Clean Energy Economy
By increasing demand for home energy upgrades, DOE expects the Rebates to pull more manufacturers, businesses, and workers into the clean energy economy to meet this demand.
Program administrators should consider how they will use the rebates to:
- Provide workers with high-quality job opportunities.
- Meet worker needs for on-the-job training, including registered apprenticeships.
- Support durable market demand for residential clean energy upgrades to enable job stability and reliable pathways for career growth.
Reaching Households in Need
These resources are provided to help program administrators reach low-income households, including those living in multifamily buildings:
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Be in Touch
Not finding what you're looking for?
First, check out our Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have questions:
State, territorial, Tribal, and District of Columbia energy offices; rebate program implementers; industry, research and advocacy organizations; and general contractors: Visit our form.
Homeowners, consumers and other stakeholders: Email IRAHomeRebates@hq.doe.gov.