Do you want to heat your home with renewable energy, lose the oil and save money?
Here’s how to apply to possibly receive a free air-source heat pump!
- If you are interested in nearly halving your annual home heating bills, while eliminating your current oil heating system’s carbon emissions, and you and your home meet the eligibility criteria detailed below, read ALL of the following instructions and complete the application which follows.
- If you have any application-specific questions that you feel are not answered below, please email us and we’ll address them as quickly as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Applications can be completed on this site or downloaded here and then printed and mailed to: Renewable Juneau, Juneau Carbon Offset Fund, P.O. Box 22227, Juneau, AK 99802.
- Applications and required verification documents will be reviewed by our board of directors as time and funding permits and will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. The number of oil to heat pump conversions awarded will be based on available funding. If your application is accepted and adequate funds are unavailable, you will be notified and placed on our wait list.
- Along with either your emailed or printed application, we ask that you submit, via email or USPS mail, the following documentation:
- Proof of property ownership (may by deed to the property, copies of purchase documents, certificate of title (for a mobile home), property tax receipts, copies of mortgage payment records, or homeowner’s insurance in your name
- Proof of adjusted gross income total, from each adult, found on your federal tax returns
- Copies of last two (2) pay stubs from all adult wage earners in the home
- Documentation of other household income, such as rent receipts, investment income, dividends from investments, etc.
- Detailed summary of any assets, including, but not limited to real estate, pensions, retirement accounts, investments, child support, etc.
- Copies of heating fuel bills for the past 2 years. Your oil supplier should be able to either mail or email your purchase history if requested over the phone. You can find most oil supplier contact info here.
- 1 picture of each current home heating source
- 1-2 pictures of your home’s electrical panel
- 1 sketch of your home’s floor plan showing where existing heating system and electrical panel are.
The Juneau Carbon Offset Fund has teamed up with Alaska Heat Smart, a Juneau non-profit created to streamline the heat pump acquisition process. If our board determines that there is a high likelihood that you are eligible, you will be contacted by a Heat Smart energy advisor who will schedule a home visit (or phone call) at your convenience. You and the advisor will walk through or discuss your home and determine what heat pump system is ideal for your home heating needs.
Our entire process can take anywhere from six to twelve weeks, from application and documentation review to final installation of your new air source heat pump. Supply chain issues, contractor work loads, and inclement weather can delay necessary installation work.
Recipients of Juneau Carbon Offset Funds may be asked to speak with local media outlets about their experience. And, recipients of Juneau Carbon Offset Funds may be asked to display a yard sign or similar announcement for one month ‘advertising’ their home energy system upgrade.
SUMMARY OF APPLICATION & AWARD PROCESS
Step 1: Complete the application form.
Step 2: Submit income, employment, asset, and oil use history documentation with signed Information Release and Waiver.
Step 3: Board review of application and required paperwork.
Step 4: Recipient selection and contact by an Alaska Heat Smart energy advisor to schedule a home visit and assessment.
Step 5: Heat pump installation and slashing of heating bills!
HOME OWNERSHIP: Applicants must provide proof of home ownership when and if their initial application is accepted. Only property owners or a property owner designee may apply.
HOUSEHOLD INCOME must not exceed 80% of Juneau’s median area income.
- INSPECTION AND CONSULTATION: Successful applicants must agree to a home inspection. The inspection, by either an energy advisor with Alaska Heat Smart or a professional heat pump installer, will assist in determining your home’s appropriateness for use of a heat pump, the best size and location for a heat pump, and the degree of potential electrical work needed. The homeowner must agree to the installation of the heat pump in the location recommended by the assessing professional or installer.
- EXISTING HEAT SOURCE: Existing heat source to be replaced must be a Monitor or Toyo diesel stove or other oil-burning boiler system. Some oil-based systems may be ineligible for replacement due to complexity of the existing system, home layout and design, poor condition of current electrical infrastructure, high cost, etc. Since this program intends in part to eliminate your need for oil, the level of support offered may in part be determined by your annual oil use.
- ELECTRICAL PANEL: If your home’s electrical panel is lacking space for new circuits (breakers), or requires upgrade work to allow for a heat pump connection to be made, the cost of your project may be too expensive for this program. In some cases, the homeowner may be asked to find funding to cover electrical work that is ‘over budget’. Look here for a brief overview of three electrical panels and a few things to look for in your home’s system.
- APPLICANTS AGREE to allow Renewable Juneau and the Juneau Carbon Offset Fund to share information about the work performed with the public, local media and social media. All personal and financial information is confidential and will not be shared. Applicants also agree to provide follow-up information about ‘after-install ‘ operating costs, information that will be helpful to the program and future participants