The initiative aims to increase energy efficiency by a minimum of 20 percent in at least 5 percent of all single-family Nevada residences by 2021 through a program called the Nevada Home Energy Fitness Campaign.
HomeFree Nevada works to establish and implement standards and quality assurance for auditors and contractors to create comfortable, energy-efficient, healthy, safe and valuable residential environments and reduce our communities’ carbon footprint and resource consumption. Participants in the Nevada Home Energy Fitness Campaign will be assisted by HomeFree Nevada in contacting an energy assessment professional to perform an energy assessment as well as contacting a certified contractor to make the recommended upgrades. Once upgrades have been made, participants will receive a second assessment to ensure the 20 percent energy-efficiency upgrades have been achieved, as well as a quality assurance evaluation by a third party, and then will receive a 20 percent rebate of up to $1,000 on their initial investment.
HomeFree Nevada hopes to successfully target 50,000 homes throughout the state by 2021. HomeFree Nevada currently works with 21 contractors certified to provide energy-efficiency upgrades.
Financing programs are being created for this initiative that will ensure the homeowners’ savings due to increased energy efficiency are greater than the cost of the energy-efficiency upgrades. This financing will be in place by the time the rebate program ends. The ultimate goal is to target 40,000 homes in southern Nevada and 10,000 homes in northern Nevada in the next 10 years.
Additionally, the program is expected to create or preserve more than 2,400 jobs and contribute $220 million to the economy.
Participating homeowners also will receive guidance on behavioral changes that will make their homes more energy efficienct without creating inconvenience.
For more information, visit http://energy.state.nv.us/.