(Louisiana) Home Energy Rebate Option (HERO) – Existing Homes Program


The Home Energy Rebate Option (HERO) – Existing Homes Program is offered by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for residents to receive cash rebates for energy efficient improvements to existing homes that achieve a minimum of 30% energy reduction. The incentive amount is based on two factors, either the Cost of Energy Savings determined by comparing the pre-improved home to the post-improved home over the useful life of the added improvements* or the cost of the energy efficiency improvements. The cash rebate is 20% of the lesser of the two amounts up to a maximum rebate of $2,000.

Owners of an existing single-family homes and  two-unit residences, are eligible to apply under this program. In order to qualify, residents must make improvements that result in an annual energy savings of at least 30%. Each residence must be metered separately. In addition, certain improvements are assigned point values, which are listed on the program web site. In order to qualify, residents must incorporate any of these improvements with point values that add up to 2 to participate and 6 to receive the maximum rebate incentive.

All applications must be submitted prior to the start of any renovation. The homeowner contacts a certified home energy rater listed on the Louisiana DNR site and, pending funding, gets a preliminary rating containing proposed improvements. After the home has been rated, the homeowner must make the improvements within six months. Following a final verification rating by the home rater, the HERO Program will issue a rebate to the homeowner.

HERO Program rebates are taxable and Participants will receive a 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income Form from the State of Louisiana for the year in which the rebate is received.

*This amount is based upon an Energy Efficiency Premium HERS Rating system

 **A homeowner cannot participant in both the Louisiana Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) and the HERO program at the same time, and can only participate one time per property. See guidelines on maximum times of participation.

Program Overview:
State: Louisiana
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Amount: 20% of improvement costs
Maximum Incentive: $2,000
Equipment Requirements: Must achieve 30% reduction in energy use
Installation Requirements: Required program energy ratings must be performed by a HERO-Certified Energy Rater
Web Site: http://www.empowerlouisiana.org/HeroExistingHomesProgram.aspx

Program Coordinator
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
Energy Section, Technology Assessment Division
617 N. 3rd Street
P.O. Box 44156
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4156
Phone: (225) 342-1399
Fax: (225) 342-1397
Web Site: http://www.dnr.louisiana.gov

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