Financial Incentives for Energy Improvements
An array of government and electric-utility financial incentives may help you pay for energy-efficient new construction or for energy improvements to (and inside) your existing home. Below are some existing programs available to NH residents. For a comprehensive list visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
- Incentives for energy-efficiency improvements to existing properties (non-income dependent)
- Income-eligible home-weatherization assistance
- ENERGY STAR Homes program: promoting energy-efficiency in new construction or complete rehabs
- Rebates for oil or gas home heating systems
- Lighting rebates
- Renewable energy rebates
- Property tax exemptions for renewable energy
Note: Many of these programs operate within a narrow time window or only until a
(relatively small) pool of available money runs out.
Incentives for energy-efficiency improvements to existing properties (non-income dependent)
Whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency (or call 1-800-639-6060)
A comprehensive, whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency and protecting the environment which is not based on income. New Hampshire electric companies provide incentives of 75 percent of installation costs up to $4,000 on energy-efficient home improvements for qualified households.
Eligibility is based on current heating and utility usage. To see if your home qualifies, go to your utility company’s Web site below and fill out an online application. (Have your heating and electric bills in hand.) Once you've sent in your application and it is accepted, an energy audit of your home will be scheduled. Recommendation on how to improve your home energy efficiency will be given on completion of the audit.
Recommendations may include:
- Adding additional insulation to your attic, basement and walls.
- Sealing and insulating ductwork.
- Reducing air leaks and drafts by air sealing around windows, doors, plumbing and electrical penetrations.
- Lighting upgrade by installing compact fluorescent light bulbs or fixtures to upgrade lighting.
- Installing water saving devices such as faucet aerators and low flow showerheads.
To apply, contact your electric utility:
PSNH or call 1-800-662-7764
National Grid or call 1-800-639-6060
NH Electric Coop or call 1-800-698-2007
Unitil or call 1-800-933-382
This program provides weatherization services and helps income-qualified customers understand their energy use with the goal of lowering energy costs. Qualified customers who receive an electric bill and live in an apartment or house, either rented or owned, can receive services.
Rockingham County Rockingham Community Action 1-800-639-3896
Belknap or Merrimack County Capital Region Community Action (603) 225-3295
Hillsborough County Southern New Hampshire Services 1-800-322-1073
Cheshire or Sullivan County Southwestern Community Services 1-800-529-0005
Coos, Carroll, or Grafton County Tri-County Community Action 1-888-842-3835
Eligible homes will receive a home energy-efficiency rating (HERS) from an energy auditor to qualify for up to $3,000 for installed efficiencies. The program provides assistance in evaluating your new home plans, air leakage testing, and incentives to install Energy Star appliances and lighting systems.
To apply, contact your utility:
National Grid or call 1-888-887-8841
NH Electric Cooperative or call 1-800-698-2007
Unitil or call 603-294-5122
PSNH or call 1-800-662-7764
Rebates for oil or gas home heating systems
Gas and oil furnaces, gas and oil burners, and indoor boiler reset controls A Mail-in rebate program to replace older, inefficient heating systems. Eligible products include Energy Star qualified gas and oil furnaces, gas and oil burners, and indoor boiler reset controls. Contact your utility.
Clothes washers For a limited time, customers of NH retailers who purchase an energy-efficient Energy Star rated washing machine can receive a $50 rebate by filling out a mail-in rebate form.
For a limited time, customers of NH retailers who purchase an energy-efficient Energy Star® rated room air conditioner between March 1 and August 31, 2010 can receive a $20 rebate by filling out a mail-in rebate form. Air Conditioner Rebate Form
Look for ENERGY STAR lighting products at participating retailers and receive the following instant coupons or mail-in rebate forms:
$1 off each 1 – 3 pack of ENERGY STAR certified CFL light bulbs
$3 off each 4 – 5 pack of ENERGY STAR certified CFL light bulbs
$5 off each 6 – 9 pack of ENERGY STAR certified CFL light bulbs
$10 off each pack of ENERGY STAR qualified LED light bulbs
$10 Rebate Form (PDF) (towards interior or exterior light fixtures and torchieres)
Renewable energy rebates
Current information on rebates and incentives available for residential energy systems that generate electricity from a renewable technology such as photovoltaic (solar electric) panels or wind turbines with a rated capacity of less than 5 kilowatts. The system may be either grid-connected or “off grid.”
Net-Metering* for Renewable Energy Generators
*Getting credit for electricity you generate for the grid in excess of the power you purchase. New Hampshire state rules governing net-metering Contact your electric utility for specifics
Property tax exemptions for renewable energy Eighty-four cities and towns have adopted one or more renewable-energy property-tax exemptions based on data received from towns. Please consult local officials on current renewable energy tax exemption status for your town, or contact the Office of Energy and Planning: Eric Steltzer at 603-271-1765.
Money tree: Stock photo
Attic insulator: Andy Duncan. Used with permission.
Blower-door test: Andy Duncan. Used with permission.