Building Bridges for Efficiency
High first-cost remains one of the key barriers that prevents homeowners from making money-saving energy improvements that also improve the comfort, performance and value of their home. Access to affordable financing can remove this barrier and enable a wide range of households to make home energy improvements, including low-moderate income households and those with limited access to credit.
This session will highlight successful strategies for programs and contractors to leverage private sector financing with public-sector home performance programs to enable more homeowners to complete home energy improvements and support projects that achieve greater levels of savings by going beyond typical home improvement/repair activities. The Panelists will describe sources of capital, financing products and services, and share case studies that highlight successful ways programs and contractors can integrate energy efficiency financing into their programs and business operations. Attributes of successful financing programs (as well as aspects to avoid) will be summarized and discussed.