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General

Home Performance Program

What is Home Performance?

The Home Performance program is designed to give you an easy pathway to an energy efficient home. A Home Performance Energy Advisor will visit your home to perform an energy assessment at no cost to identify and score key areas of your home based on a 0-10 energy efficiency scale.

A score of 10 means you’ve reached max efficiency! Scores are combined into a report (your Home Performance) and if needed, upgrade recommendations are incorporated to increase your home’s energy efficiency until a max score of 10 is received.

Who is eligible for Home Performance?

Home Performance is available to single-family homeowners served by Appalachian Power West Virginia. All owner occupied, single-family residential detached home customers, including mobile homes and duplexes, or single-family non-owner occupied residential detached homes where the electrical service is in the occupant’s name and with a signed agreement to participate from the owner. Town homes, apartments and commercial customers are not eligible. Homes that are not all electric can receive an assessment, but they do not qualify for a rebate if additional measures are installed.

Why assign a “score” to a home?

The score is a visible symbol and reward for the progress made. This is regardless of whether the homeowner’s individual path to a score of 10 happens quickly or over a period of time.

What is an energy assessment?

An energy assessment can help you understand how much energy your home uses and evaluate what steps you can take to improve efficiency. A professionally trained energy advisor will come to your home and gather information on the current condition of the home, air conditioning and heating systems, appliances and how you use energy in the home. All information will be analyzed and presented to you at the time of the assessment.

Why would I want to do this quality assurance assessment?

An Appalachian Power certified Home Performance Energy Advisor can provide you with valuable information on how your home performs when it comes to energy savings. You might qualify for rebates if you choose to perform upgrades with a contractor within our network.

Is an energy assessment worth it?

Yes. As an example, heating and cooling can make up approximately 40% of your electric bill. For every air or duct leak you seal, you keep the warm or cold air produced inside your home from leaking to the outside, saving you money in heating and cooling bills and improving your comfort level.

How do I sign up for a Home Performance assessment?

Customers can sign up here or by calling our call center at 888-261-4567 and speaking with a customer service representative.

What can I expect from a Home Performance assessment?

The Home Performance Energy Advisor will review the history of your home, such as age, construction type, size, etc. If you are unsure, the advisor can help determine this information. 

The advisor will conduct a visual assessment which may include going into the attic and examining dark corners of your roof and basement carefully. 

They will use the buildup of moisture as a measuring stick — if there’s condensation on the inside of your house, chances are you’ve got an energy leak. 

The advisor will also check your insulation, which may reveal weaknesses in the barrier and, in some cases, a lack of insulation altogether. An inspection of your heating system and stoves will be performed to determine whether duct cleaning or tune-ups are needed. 

Throughout most of this time you will be very much involved and are encouraged to accompany the advisor as your home is inspected top to bottom. This allows you to bring problems to the attention of the advisor that you may have forgot to mention and allows us to point out things as we go. 

Following the thorough walk-through, the advisor will sit down with you and review the findings. You will receive a Home Performance report which will illustrate approximately how much you spend on each energy-use source in your home. If it runs on electricity we will determine what it costs you based on your personal usage, not just an average. 

The advisor will also review with you the amount of heating fuel you use. Once the Home Performance assessment is complete, you will have a greater understanding of how energy is used in your home. Most importantly, you will have recommendations on how to improve the efficiency of your home and any rebates you may qualify for.

Are there any charges (or hidden charges) involved with this Home Performance assessment?

The Home Performance assessment, along with the instant savings measures, are free of charge to Appalachian Power customers.

Will the improvements be made the same day as my Home Performance assessment?

Yes, the Home Performance Energy Advisor will complete the installation of the energy saving measures the same day during an in-home assessment. Customers who participate in a virtual assessment will have their energy saving measures mailed to them within four weeks of completing the assessment. Recommendations for more extensive follow-up energy conservation measures will be scheduled by you with an approved Appalachian Power contractor.

What will the Home Performance Energy Advisor inspect as part of the Home Performance assessment?

There are ten areas of your home the Home Performance Energy Advisor will assess, including attic insulation, duct systems, air sealing, wall insulation, lighting, heating and cooling systems, appliances and electronics, water heating, refrigerator and windows and doors.

Appalachian Power wants to make you aware of how much energy is being wasted in your home, and what you can do to reduce your energy consumption.

A Home Performance assessment takes stock of the energy consumption in your home. It’s one of the first steps you can take to understand your home’s energy usage, airflow and the functionality and efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. The Home Performance Energy Advisor will also take photos of the key areas of your home to document any needed energy improvements.

Where will the Home Performance Energy Advisor need access to during the Home Performance assessment?

The Home Performance Energy Advisor will need access to every room in the home excluding closets (unless there is a hole in the closet wall that is allowing outside air to infiltrate into the interior of the home), the exterior of the home, the attic and the basement and/or crawlspace. The advisor will also take photos of the key areas of your home to document any needed energy improvements.

What do homeowners need to do to prepare for a Home Performance assessment?

The homeowner will need to relocate items that may prohibit access to the areas listed above. We also ask that all pets are restrained for their safety, as well as the safety of the Home Performance Energy Advisor.

How long will the Home Performance assessment take?

The Home Performance assessment should take between one and a half to two hours for the average home.

Who conducts the Home Performance assessment?

Appalachian Power has qualified Home Performance Energy Advisors to conduct Home Performance assessments at no charge to the customer. The Home Performance Energy Advisor will conduct the Home Performance assessment and perform the installation of appropriate energy efficiency measures at no charge. Each Home Performance Energy Advisor carries an Appalachian Power identification badge.

I will not be available for the visit. Can someone else be there instead?

Yes, but an agreement to participate must be signed by you and whoever you choose to be present at the time of the Home Performance assessment. This agreement must be available at the time of visit.

What happens if the Home Performance assessment fails?

Your trusted Home Performance Energy Advisor will work with your contractor to resolve any issues with your installation. Often corrections can be made the same day.

How can I trust the advisor you are sending?

The Home Performance Energy Advisors are background checked certified home inspectors, with an Appalachian Power identification badge.

What is the Home Performance report?

The Home Performance report is a part of the Home Performance assessment and defines a clear path for the individual homeowner to reach a score of 10. The report includes photos of the areas evaluated and a customized list of what to do to make an individual home as energy efficient as possible.

When will I receive my Home Performance report?

The Home Performance Energy Advisor will review the report with you immediately after the in-home Home Performance assessment is completed.

For customers who participate in a virtual assessment, the report will be emailed within two business days. The report will provide information on additional energy improvements that can be made and will be left with you following the Home Performance assessment and improvements. In the unlikely event the Home Performance report cannot be reviewed the day of the Home Performance assessment, the Home Performance Energy Advisor will contact and review the report with you within five business days.

What is the Home Performance customer portal (website)?

The Home Performance customer portal is a secure program website that serves as a point of entry for program participation, data collection and reporting. Click here to access the portal.

Will homeowners receive a copy of their Home Performance card and Home Performance report?

Yes. The Home Performance Energy Advisor will review the results of the Home Performance report at the end of the assessment. At that point, all data will be available to the homeowner on the Home Performance customer portal or available to be mailed or emailed upon request.

How long will customers have to make recommended upgrades on their home?

Energy upgrades can be made at any time over the life of the program. Home Performance was designed to allow for continuous improvement on the homeowner’s path to a Home Performance of 10, whether that happens quickly or over a period of time.

Does the rebate go to the contractor or the customer?

The rebate is paid directly to the customer, after it has been submitted and managed by the contractor.

Can a customer complete the rebate application online?

Only an approved contractor can complete an online application for a Home Performance rebate.

How many times may the homeowner be eligible to receive a Home Performance rebate?

Homeowners can only receive one rebate per qualifying energy improvement throughout their path to achieve a score of 10.

Is there a deadline to apply for the rebate incentives?

The contractor must submit the rebate form within 45 days of completing energy-saving improvements. The rebate must be inspected by a Home Performance Energy Advisor within 90 days from the date of installation.

Can a landlord who owns several homes enroll all of their homes in Home Performance?

Yes, as long as the homes are single-family homes and both the landlord and tenant sign the Agreement to Participate for every home. Please note, you will need a separate login and password for each electric account.

If the work on a home is self-installed, may this work qualify for a rebate?

No, self-installed work is not eligible for rebate in the Home Performance program.

What are some cost-effective improvements that I can make to my home?

Depending on the home, improvements may include sealing gaps, cracks and other leaks that let outside air into your home. Recommendations for energy saving work may include adding attic insulation and sealing and insulating ductwork that runs through the attic or crawlspace. Improvements may also include repairing or replacing old or poorly functioning heating systems and water heaters.

Can a customer use any contractor or only a participating contractor in the Home Performance program?

The Home Performance program requires the work to be completed by an approved Appalachian Power contractor in order to qualify for any potential rebates. Click here to find an approved contractor.

Do I still qualify for the rebate if I buy my electricity from a supplier other than Appalachian Power?

In order to qualify for the Home Performance, you must be an individually metered residential customer of Appalachian Power with an active account in West Virginia.

I am a commercial customer. Can I get an upgrade of my HVAC equipment?

At this time, the Home Performance program is open to residential customers only. 

If a house is sold, may the new owner participate in Home Performance if the previous owner participated as well?

Yes. Participation is defined by the homeowner and property address. If the new homeowner would like to participate in Home Performance, they can click here or call the contact center at 1-888-261-4567 for full program details and restrictions.

If a homeowner makes upgrades not recommended on the assessment report, may they receive the rebate?

Yes, a homeowner can receive rebates for upgrades not recommended on the report. However, these upgrades only qualify if they are on the chart below, and they must be completed by an approved contractor.

Appalachian Power West Virginia Home Performance Program Customer Rebates

Low Income Weatherization

What is weatherization?

Weatherization as defined by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) differs in many ways from what is commonly called "weatherizing your home." The latter involves low-cost or no-cost improvements such as adding weatherstripping to doors and windows to save energy. Today, DOE WAP's weatherization services consist of cost-effective energy efficiency measures for existing residential and multifamily housing with low-income residents. Under this definition, it includes a wide variety of energy efficiency measures that encompass the building envelope, its heating and cooling systems, its electrical system and electricity consuming appliances (baseload electricity use).

WAP serves low-income families free of charge and limits the amount of money that can be spent on any single residence as determined by federal rules. As a result, only the most cost-effective measures are included in the upgrade of a particular home. This constant pressure for measured energy savings has become the trademark of DOE weatherization and distinguishes it from the larger home retrofit industry.

Another distinguishing feature of weatherization is attention to an all-around health and safety check. Many buildings receiving attention are old and need repair. WAP checks major energy systems, ensuring occupant safety.

Increasingly, weatherization service providers look at the house as a system under the concept of "whole-house weatherization." In recent years, weatherization providers in many states including West Virginia have begun to combine resources from other programs and/or utility partners to address comprehensive energy and housing needs of low-income citizens. Weatherization today comprises a comprehensive series of energy efficiency measures that are based on sophisticated audits and energy analyses of individual homes.

Am I eligible?

To determine if you qualify for the West Virginia energy assistance program, contact a local community action agency in your county of residence.  You can call 304-558-2234 or 211, visit the West Virginia Development Office, or fill out a benefit application

When you apply for an energy assistance program through an agency, you are also applying for this program. Be sure to let the intake worker know you’d also like to participate in the weatherization program.

Local community action agency weatherization offices throughout the state take applications for weatherization assistance and determine whether or not a dwelling unit and its residents are income eligible for weatherization assistance. 

How do I apply?

To apply, call or visit your local Community Action Agency that serves the county where you reside. To find your local community action agency, visit the West Virginia Office of Economic Opportunity and click on the the "Weatherization" tab, or call 1-304-558-2234.

Application form usually takes about 20 minutes.

You must have written documented proof of all gross income for the year prior to application.

The agency also asks a small number of questions about your household, such as the number of people living in the home, date of construction, utility providers and account numbers, etc.

If you are eligible, your weatherization agency puts you on a waiting list for additional contact and further energy estimation/audit assessments, and a waitlist for actual services. Please note, if you rent, you must first get permission from your landlord to have weatherization performed.

Do you have a list of weatherization providers you can provide?

CHANGE, Inc.

Judy Raveaux, CEO

David Ruhl, Weatherization Coordinator

3136 West St, Weirton, WV 26062

(304) 797-7733

(Marshall, Ohio)

Coalfield Community Action Partnership, Inc.

Tim Salmons, Executive Director 

Joey Hayes, Weatherization Coordinator

P.O. Box 1406, Williamson, WV 25661

(800) 234-1706

(Boone, Clay, Kanawha, Mingo)

Community Action of South Eastern WV (CASE WV)

Mary Turner, Executive Director

Kim Bourne, Weatherization Coordinator (304) 809-3053

355 Bluefield Ave, Bluefield WV 24701

Tammy Byers (304) 809-3055

Toll Free (866) 556-0780

(Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers)

MountainHeart Community Services, Inc.

Dreama Padgett, Executive Director 

Gerald Brown, Weatherization Coordinator

P.O. Box 1509, Oceana, WV 24870

(304) 682-8271

(Fayette, Wyoming)

Nicholas Community Action Partnership, Inc.

Angie Williams, Executive Director

Cindy Foster, Weatherization Coordinator

1205 Broad St, Summersville, WV 26651

(304) 872-8297

(Nicholas)

PRIDE Community Services, Inc.

Lisha Whitt, Executive Director

Steve Gilman, Deputy Director

Kevin Edwards, Weatherization Coordinator

P.O. Box 1346, Logan, WV 25601

(304) 752-6868

(Logan, McDowell)

Southwestern Community Action Council, Inc.

Dwight Coburn, CEO

Connie Sherrill-Drake, Weatherization Coordinator

540 5th Ave, Huntington, WV 25701

(304) 781-0651

(Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam, Wayne)

Charge Forward

Why is Appalachian Power offering this program?

Appalachian Power wants to help increase adoption of electric vehicles in the West Virginia service territory. Electric vehicles can provide cost savings, convenience and sustainability.

Why should I consider purchasing an electric vehicle?

From the environmental impact to the savings on fuel, tax and maintenance costs, electric vehicles could help you save money.

What are the benefits of electric vehicles?

As more and more electric vehicles are being produced in the U.S., vehicle costs are dropping and there are many benefits for drivers making the switch. From the environmental impact to the savings on fuel, tax and maintenance costs, electric vehicles could help you save money. A 2018 study from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute found that electric vehicles cost less than half as much to operate as gas-powered cars. The average cost to operate an electric vehicle is $485 per year, while the average for a gas-powered vehicle is $1,117.

How do I apply?

Appalachian Power customers can apply here or call us at 800-982-4237.

Switch & Save

Why is Appalachian Power offering this program?

Appalachian Power wants to promote beneficial electrification opportunities by offering customers financial incentives to switch from less efficient, non-regulated heating fuel sources to high-efficiency electric heat pumps.

Why should I consider purchasing an electric heat pump?

The efficiency of electric-powered appliances has increased dramatically in recent years. Improvements in electric heat pump technology means these appliances can heat space and water at efficiencies between 200 and 300%, compared with 67% for a typical gas water heater. Additionally, while older heat pumps could not operate effectively below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, newer systems are more effective at lower temperatures, increasing their viability in colder climates.

What are the benefits of electric heat pumps?

Benefits of electric heat pumps include:

  • • Lower running costs. Electric heat pumps are cheaper to run than systems based on combustion. The more energy efficient the systems are, the greater long-term savings on energy.
  • • Less maintenance. Electric heat pumps require less maintenance than combustion heating systems. Once a year, some certain details of the system have to be checked, which could be easily accomplished by yourself. A professional installer, on the other hand, would be required only every three to five years. 
    • Better safety. Electric heat pumps are safer than combustion-based heating systems. They are safe to operate and since they do not need to burn fuel to generate heat, they come with fewer safety concerns compared to their counterparts.
  • • Reduces carbon emissions. The electric heat pump system reduces your carbon emissions, and it has an efficient conversion rate of energy to heat. This means, rather than directly converting electrical energy into heat with electric resistance heating or converting heat from fossil fuels through combustion, electric heat pumps redistribute heat that is already present in the outside environment.
  • • Provides cooling. During the warm periods, electric heat pumps are able to reverse the heating process and cool your home, just like an air conditioner would. 
  • • Long lifespan. The average lifespan of an electric heat pump is around 15 – 20 years, where its combustible counterparts last around 12 – 15 years. Despite these numbers, electric heat pumps are exceptionally reliable and steady source of heat.

How do I apply?

Appalachian Power customers can apply here or call us at 800-982-4237.

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