How do I get information on Green Chips financing?

One of EnergyFit Nevada’s community partners, Green Chips, has facilitated the creation of a very low interest, revolving loan fund with Nevada State Bank. Green Chips is a public-private nonprofit partnership that is committed to environmental sustainability in Nevada. To apply, call Nevada State Bank at (702) 399-5626 and select #3 for Personal Unsecured Loans and ask for Green Chips Financing. Terms Up to: $7,500 Terms: 5 years (60 months) Conditions You can pre-qualify for a loan, provided that you:
  1. Own the residence that is to be upgraded
  2. Are a resident of the State of Nevada
  3. And meet additional financing terms

What is EnergyFit Nevada?

EnergyFit Nevada is a rebate program of HomeFree Nevada, providing reduced cost home energy assessments and financial assistance for energy upgrades and efficiency home improvements.  The program is sponsored by the Nevada State Office of Energy with grants from the United States Department of Energy and local municipalities.
  • EnergyFit Nevada is comfort. We help Nevadans live in healthier, happier, more comfortable homes.
  • EnergyFit Nevada is economic development. We create jobs for local small businesses through our network of Approved Partner contractors and energy auditors.
  • EnergyFit Nevada is energy efficiency.  As the state sponsor of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, EnergyFit Nevada promotes a whole house approach to energy efficiency.

What is the Whole-House Approach of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR?

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) is a national program from the U.S. EPA and DOE, that offers a comprehensive and quantitative whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency, comfort, health, safety and durability of homes. A whole-house approach helps homeowners optimize energy efficiency by looking at the house as an energy system with interdependent parts, each of which affects the performance of the entire system. It also takes into account the homeowners, local climate and more.

Who will perform the work in my home?

HomeFree Nevada is made up of participating, independent home performance professionals called Partners. Partner companies include energy auditors and contractors. In addition to having all of the standard business credentials and licenses, our network of contractors is Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified as Building Analysts.   They are trained to use highly technical, scientific tools to evaluate the energy performance of your home via Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, whole-home approach standards.

Do I have to implement all of the energy assessor’s recommendations?

The beauty of the EnergyFit Nevada program is that you decide what upgrades you want to implement and which ones you don’t. There are lots of different ways to achieve 20% energy efficiency, 30% energy efficiency and greater. You decide what is the best combination to achieve the goals that you want to reach for your home and your family.

What is a home energy assessment and why do I need one?

An EnergyFit assessment is a survey of your home’s energy use and the first step to making your home more comfortable, healthy and efficient. The Home Energy Assessment includes an evaluation of your current energy use, a thorough on-site inspection of insulation, lighting, heating and air conditioning systems, appliance use, and diagnostic tests to find additional wasted energy. The assessment results in a report of recommended upgrades and predicted energy savings that can save you money and improve the comfort of your home.

How do I qualify for rebates?

An EnergyFit assessment is a survey of your home’s energy use and the first step to making your home more comfortable, healthy and efficient. The Home Energy Assessment includes an evaluation of your current energy use, a thorough on-site inspection of insulation, lighting, heating and air conditioning systems, appliance use, and diagnostic tests to find additional wasted energy. The assessment results in a report of recommended upgrades and predicted energy savings that can save you money and improve the comfort of your home.

What is the difference between energy conservation and energy efficiency?

With energy efficiency, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to save energy. Energy conservation involves a change in behavior to save energy (turning off the lights, powering down computers and electronic equipment at night, lowering the thermostat in winter and raising it in summer). Energy efficiency means physical upgrades like replacing worn out weather stripping, repairing leaking ductwork, adding insulation, replacing inefficient lighting and appliances, etc.

What if I am not satisfied with the work completed?

HomeFree Nevada encourages homeowners to contact HomeFree Nevada with any feedback—both positive and negative. In the event you do have a complaint about the work performed by a Partner or if you refuse to sign a required HomeFree Nevada form to complete a job, try to resolve the dispute first with your Partner. If the Partner cannot resolve the issue, notify the HomeFree Nevada Quality Assurance Specialist, who will then complete the dispute resolution procedures pursuant to the HomeFree Nevada Quality Assurance/Quality Control Program. HomeFree Nevada will strive to implement the Quality Assurance program and resolve any conflicts in a positive manner.

How do I know I’m receiving quality work?

Although problems with work should not be anticipated, HomeFree Nevada’s Quality Assurance Program ensures that HomeFree Nevada Partners are meeting all program guidelines and technical standards, and provides a way for giving constructive feedback. We conduct random Quality Assurance Evaluations in which a HomeFree Nevada Quality Assurance Specialist reviews all Assessment paperwork and conducts an inspection in your home, usually during the Assessment (test-in) or during the test-out. Your Partner is required to inform you if the inspection of the job was randomly selected. In the event that you do not want the Specialist to visit your home, please inform your Partner immediately. You may also request a Quality Assurance Evaluation for your home if you have specific concerns with the Partner’s quality of work.

What kinds of things might the HomeFree partner recommend?

An approved contractor may recommend these measures:
  • Immediate Health and Safety Concerns—any measure that threatens your health and safety
  • Health and Safety—long term (any measure that could threaten your health over an extended period of time)
  • Building envelope—measures that seal the home including insulation and duct sealing
  • Indoor environmental quality—measures that seal and improve the HVAC system
  • Energy conservation measures—lighting and additional measures including appliances
  • Water conservation measures
  • Renewable energy
Prior to beginning work, the Partner will take several photographs of each of the measures to be improved that adequately show the “before” conditions.

What can I expect to make my home more energy efficient?

  • Immediate Health and Safety Concerns—any measure that threatens your health and safety
  • Health and Safety—long term (any measure that could threaten your health over an extended period of time)
  • Building envelope—measures that seal the home including insulation and duct sealing
  • Indoor environmental quality—measures that seal and improve the HVAC system
  • Energy conservation measures—lighting and additional measures including appliances
  • Water conservation measures
  • Renewable energy
  • Prior to beginning work, the Partner will take several photographs of each of the measures to be improved that adequately show the “before” conditions.