BPA supports and utilities that offer weatherization programs and rebates to their customers. Check with your local utility to learn more about weatherization; However, availability and rebate amounts may vary by utility.
A Home Energy Audit
is a good way to get a better understanding of how the whole home uses energy. An audit can help determine how much energy the home uses, where it loses energy, and which areas and improvements should be prioritized to make it more efficient and comfortable.
Air sealing measures value the incremental improvement of air leakage in a home. A contractor may take a whole-home — or comprehensive approach — using Blower Door equipment to measure the difference before and after air sealing. A contractor may also take a prescriptive approach to determine high-need areas and measure benefit, based on the square footage of the area where air sealing is performed.
Insulation measures include attic, floor and wall insulation calculated by the incremental benefit between existing and ending insulation at projected completion. This is based on the R-value of the insulating material. An insulating material's resistance to heat transfer is measured in terms of its thermal resistance, or R-value. The higher the R-value, the greater the more effective it is at insulating the areas of your home.
Prime window and patio door replacement
Installing energy-efficient windows and patio doors helps eliminate drafts, cold spots and overheated spaces. Keeping your home's temperature consistently comfortable also helps save money on energy bills.
- This measure is only available for pre-existing windows and patio doors that are:
- Single paned
- Double paned, with a metal frame only.
- U-value measures how well the window insulates. Check with your local electric utility for these incentives. Please note: incentive availability may vary by utility.
- Windows with a U-value of 0.30, 0.22 or better.
- Patio doors with a U-value of 0.35 or 0.30.
Exterior insulated doors
An uninsulated or substandard exterior door can contribute significantly to air leakage and can waste energy. Weather stripping can reduce energy loss due to air leakage, but you may also consider replacing your door with a new, ENERGY STAR-qualified insulated door.
Low-E storm windows
Compared to clear glass storm windows, ENERGY STAR-certified storm windows use low emissivity or low-e glass to improve the energy performance of a home. These windows allow the right amount of heat from the sun through windows to keep a home warm in the winter, but also cool in the summer.
- Pre-existing windows must be either:
- Single paned without existing storm windows.
- Double paned, metal frame only, without existing storm windows.
- The new low-e storm window must be an ENERGY STAR-qualified product.
Low income energy-efficiency measures
BPA supports utilities that provide energy-efficiency services tailored for low-income customers. Low-income measures may include:
- Prime windows and patio doors
- Low-E storm windows
- Exterior insulated doors
- Ductless heat pumps
- Air source heat pumps
- Heat pump water heaters
- Smart thermostats
- PTCS or prescriptive duct sealing
- Air sealing
Contact your local utility to see if you qualify for these services.