Helping Mainers with Limited-Incomes Reduce Energy Costs
AARP is partnering with Efficiency Maine to get the word out about incentives to make your home more energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable. This week we’re writing about opportunities for limited-income households, for which energy costs can be a particular burden. Incentives through Efficiency Maine’s low income program can help reduce these costs. Read on for multiple ways to upgrade your home:
Are you interested in lowering heating costs and making your home more comfortable? Eligible households can choose one or more energy-saving projects that make the most sense for their homes. Example projects include air sealing, insulating, and upgrading heating systems. And you can get started with as little as $50 for the Energy Upgrade Bundle, which includes a professional energy assessment and a number of basic weatherization improvements. Efficiency Maine also has financing available to cover bigger projects. Find out more here.
Efficiency Maine also helps low-income households reduce their electricity costs. Households that heat their water with electricity may be eligible for heat pump water heaters that lower energy use. These are installed at no cost to eligible households. To see if you qualify and to learn more about the program see here.
Another simple way to reduce electricity costs is to switch conventional lighting to high-efficiency LED bulbs. Switching just one bulb to an LED can save over $5 a year. If you’d like to find out more about how much you might save and where to find the best deals on bulbs, click here. Many food pantries also have high-efficiency bulbs available for eligible households.
The Efficiency Maine website has other suggestions about how all households, regardless of income, can reduce energy costs and access rebates. There you can also connect with contractors installing energy-saving solutions near you.
AARP members may also want to get involved by letting their low-income neighbors know about these incentives. Communities across the state have started collective-purchasing or bulk-buying initiatives to make multiple homes more comfortable and energy efficient. If you’re interested in improving the efficiency of your entire community, click here for resources to get started.
Questions about these programs and eligibility can also be directed to Efficiency Maine’s customer service team at 866-376-2463.