National Home Performance Council Announces Release of Key Ingredient to Successful Rebate Programs: Model Forms

Dec 01, 2010, 13:36 ET from National Home Performance Council

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Home Performance Council released a set of model forms that are designed for use by a national, state, or local government to provide rebates to consumers who make energy-efficiency improvements to their home.  

"An energy-efficiency home retrofit can save consumers money on their utility bills, provide years of comfort, reduce pollution, and relax strain on the electricity grid," said Kara Saul Rinaldi, Executive Director of the National Home Performance Council.  "For an inefficient home, a high-efficiency upgrade may come with a significant price tag that, modified by a rebate program, is more manageable to many families.  However, public dollars should be spent to produce sound, safe results."

"The forms released today by the National Home Performance Council provide clear forms for contractors and peace of mind for both homeowners and the policymakers that support the rebate programs."

The model forms were originally designed for the program detailed in the Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010, H.R. 5019, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last year and has been introduced, with bi-partisan cosponsors, in the U.S. Senate.  In this legislation, the NHPC was tasked with providing recommendations on the forms that would certify the rebates to the U.S. Department of Energy.  The NHPC worked with a group of stakeholders to develop these forms, which can now be used by any government, large or small, to put forward a cost effective energy rebate program.

"The model forms are designed to encourage standardization in the home performance industry," said Robin LeBaron, Managing Director of NHPC. "As programs begin to incorporate similar forms, software developers will create standard reporting tools that will reduce the contractor's cost of doing a retrofit job. The end result will be to make energy-efficiency retrofits more affordable for homeowners."

To view the forms and learn more about the NHPC go to: State and local government interested in using the forms should contact the NHPC for appropriate modifications.

The mission of the National Home Performance Council is to encourage implementation of whole-house retrofits for increased home energy performance and to facilitate coordination among federal governmental agencies, utilities, state energy offices, contractors and other relevant participants to achieve improved whole-house energy performance.

SOURCE National Home Performance Council