Focus on Energy is a Wisconsin-wide organization that works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
In addition to their website providing a host of information about all things energy efficiency and renewable energy, the organization provides a variety of financial incentives and cash back rewards to consumers wanting to implement these measures.
Most of the residential financial incentives available fall under the Home Improvement category. Here's how it works (in a nutshell):
- In order to be eligible for rewards, the homeowner must first have a Home Energy Audit. This service typically costs about $300 - $350 (in the MKE area). During the test, the Audit Contractor performs a variety of tests (including using thermal imaging cameras, and specialized equipment to check for air leaks), and asks the homeowner a series of questions. On completion of the audit, the contractor will provide a list of recommended improvements. (Some contractors will refer you to other contractors to do the work, if you can't or don't want to do it yourself)
- Then, the homeowner makes the recommended repairs/improvements. You don't have to do everything on the list, so don't be overwhelmed!
- When the improvements are complete, the Audit Contractor comes back and tests your home again, so that you can see the difference you've made! He then helps you fill out the paperwork required to apply for your rewards!
You can see the list of the rewards available here.
Regardless of whether you plan to take advantage of this program, I think you'll agree that it's a great asset to our state, and certainly a move in the right direction - making it financially prudent to be green.