WISE Application Period Comes to a Close
The Chapel Hill WISE program application period closed March 15th, 2013. Applications received on or before the 15th will be processed as normal.
"I have already noticed changes in our home. The house felt a lot cooler this summer and our bills were lower compared to previous years. This was a great opportunity and I would highly recommend this program— I already have!"
"Our first electricity bill after work had been done was less than half the previous. We were very pleased with that, and if it helps the environment, all the better!"
• 1927 2-Story Home
• 1952 1-Story Home
• 1967 2-Story Home
• 1982 1-Story Home
• 1998 2-Story Home
The Town of Chapel Hill is conducting a Town-wide energy efficiency program for residential property owners in Chapel Hill. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy through two grants made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Possible benefits from a home or building energy upgrade include: reduced energy consumption; increased health and comfort; and reduced utility costs. In addition to the benefits of program participation, participants can also receive:
- $150 towards a comprehensive Home Performance Energy Assessment - As a first step, qualified program participants receive a comprehensive energy assessment that serves as a road map for cost effective home improvements to help you understand how you use energy in your home; how to save energy and reduce your utility costs; and increase the health and comfort of your home. The assessment will address: moisture and durability problems; air quality and health issues; air leakage from cracks walls, crawl space and attic; insulation; mechanical and water heating equipment; appliances; HVAC duct leakage and insulation; and fuel switching options.
- $1650 towards qualifying home energy efficiency improvements - After receiving a home performance energy assessment, participants with an estimated 10 -15% energy savings potential (or more) from cost effective energy efficiency measures then qualify for an incentive up to $1650. (See list below for details about eligible improvements).
- Access to pre-qualified contractors - The WISE program pre-qualifies ALL lead contractors that work in the program to provide a one-stop-shop for property owners and ensure quality work. ALL lead contractors in the program have Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst certification and are trained as Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) contractors through Advanced Energy.
- Access to expert Quality Assurance (QA) - Every project is reviewed by Advanced Energy, Inc., a nonprofit that specializes in energy efficiency technical expertise and serves as the WISE program 3rd party QA provider.
- Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) certificate - The certificate outlines the energy efficiency improvements installed through the WISE program as proof of participation and completion.
The goals of the program are to:
• Reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
• Add comfort and lower utility bills
• Create jobs
• Assist in the development of a local home and building retrofit market
• Create a sustainable program that lasts beyond grant funding
Program participation eligibility:
• Primary residence is located within Chapel Hill corporate (city) limits
• Primary residence is owner-occupied*
• Primary residence is a single-family, detached structure*
*For rentals or multi-family applicants, please see the pilot program outlines linked at the top of the page. Also note that applications must represent all units and owners within a structure. Individual units will not be eligible without participation from all units in the same structure.
Eligible home improvements and subsidy levels:*
40% subsidy (after all other incentives):
• Envelope air sealing and insulation improvements
• Duct sealing and repair
• Outdoor thermostats for homes with heat-pumps
20% subsidy (after all other incentives):
• Heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades
• Energy-efficient appliances
• Hot water heater replacements
• Re-circulating hot water systems
• Programmable thermostats in gas-heated homes
• Lighting upgrades
• Solar thermal hot water
• Solar photovoltaic or geothermal renewable energy systems ONLY if in combination with
energy efficiency improvements estimated to generate 15% or more energy savings
*The Town of Chapel Hill will work with prequalified contractors to make the final determination about all eligible home improvements. The maximum subsidy per home is $1,500 for jobs that will maintain a program-wide estimated energy savings of 15% or more. All program subsidies are subject to program planning and the availability of grant funding.
WISE Program Process
1. APPLY | Complete a Chapel Hill WISE Homes and Buildings Property Owner Participation Agreement. The form may be downloaded below. If you have questions prior to submitting a Property Owner Participation Agreement, please email Mark Kuykendall at email@example.com or call 919.914.0094.
2. HOME PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT | Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email from the program including the list of WISE Pre-qualified contractors. Schedule a Home Performance Assessment with one of the pre-qualified contractors.
3. SCOPE OF WORK | Based on the information gathered in the home performance energy assessment, the Contractor will create a scope of work with recommendations for energy efficiency improvements for your home that will maintain a program-wide estimated energy savings of 15% or more.
4. ASSESSMENT INCENTIVE | Once you have received the Scope of Work you will submit a Chapel Hill WISE Homes and Buildings Assessment Incentive Invoice to the Town of Chapel Hill, authorizing the Town to pay the Assessment Incentive to the Contractor.
5. ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS | Complete a Chapel Hill WISE Homes and Buildings Intent to Proceed Form and submit it to the program. The form estimates the incentive amount, including utility incentives, and informs the Town that you are proceeding with the improvements. Schedule the construction work with the pre-qualified contractor that conducted the Home Performance Assessment or another pre-qualified contractor from the list.
6. QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) | All projects in the Chapel Hill WISE Homes and Buildings program are monitored for quality assurance by Advanced Energy, building science technical experts and 3rd party QA provider for the WISE program. The QA will verify that the work was completed to industry standards.
7. ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS SUBSIDY | Complete a Chapel Hill WISE Homes and Buildings Energy Efficiency Improvement Subsidy Invoice with the help of your contractor and submit it to the Town of Chapel Hill, authorizing the Town to pay the incentive to the contractor.
Click on the link highlighted below to download the Chapel Hill WISE application form. Please note that this form is an active PDF, meaning it should be completed on a computer with Adobe Acrobat (also downloadable below) and returned by email to Mark Kuykendall using the address listed below. Because the active PDF uses electronic consent, hardcopies cannot be accepted. If you or someone you know needs us to mail a hardcopy version of the application, please contact Mark Kuykendall using the information below. Lastly, applications will not be processed without 12 months of past utility data (e.g., Duke Energy, PSNC, Piedmont Electric, etc.).
For instructions on how to create an online account with Duke Energy, please click here.
Program Contact Information
Questions: Call Mark Kuykendall | 919.914.0094
Please return the Homeowner Participation Form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Homeowner Participation Agreement Forms will be reviewed on a regular basis. Once the Agreement is reviewed you will receive an email containing the list of pre-qualified contractors and next steps for program participation.
Physical Address: Mark Kuykendall | Energy Efficiency Coordinator | 301 West Main Street| Carrboro, NC 27510
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to learn the answers to the program's FAQs.
News About WISE
July 14, 2011 News Release
April 1, 2011 Herald Sun
Carrboro WISE Program
With funding from the same grant, the Town of Carrboro has launched a home retrofit program as well as an energy efficiency revolving loan fund for small businesses. For more information, please click here.