States are strongly encouraged to design rebate programs in ways that allow for effective combinations of various funding sources, including through integration with existing programs.

Integrating Programs

Benefits

Integrating the rebates with existing programs can provide the following benefits:

Easier Access to Rebates for Households and Contractors

Integrating the Home Energy Rebates into existing successful programs and delivery channels can make it easier for people to access these benefits.

Streamlined Intake and Application Processes to Access Various Programs

Integrating intake processes across programs–particularly for income-eligible programs–can provide households with a streamlined application experience that helps them understand their options and the full benefits available to them through rebates and other programs.

Increased Funding and Financing to Reduce Household Costs

Integrating other funding and low-cost financing resources can further reduce or even eliminate upfront costs to households that may have limited funds for these projects.

Restrictions

However, legal prohibitions restrict how different funding sources may be combined with home energy rebates. Program administrators should review Sections 3.3.2 and 4.3.2 in the Home Energy Rebates Program Requirements document, which detail these legal prohibitions. 

The Department of Energy (DOE) Home Energy Rebates team is developing application templates for States that want to integrate rebates with WAP/LIHEAP or existing utility/third-party energy efficiency programs. These templates will be available shortly after the publication of the Home Energy Rebates requirements and can be used by States working to launch Quick Start programs.

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