Financing and Incentives

Financing and incentives can allow heat pump installations to become more economical – lower upfront costs, shorter payback periods, and even the potential for an installation to be cash flow positive from the day your system is turned on.

Why finance a heat pump?

Paying out of pocket for a heat pump can be cost prohibitive for many households. Despite the investment paying for itself in many cases, the upfront costs prevent many from gaining access to these advantages. One answer to this is financing – by spreading out the cost of the upfront investment over the lifetime of the heat pump, the upfront cost issue is mitigated. In addition, because the interest and principal loan payments can be structured to be less than the cost savings, many financed heat pumps can be cash flow positive from the installation date.

These two graphs show these two situations. For the same house, one scenario is paying for a heat pump out of pocket and the other is financed. The high negative cost in year 0 on the first graph prevents many households from accessing the cost savings derived from heat pumps. On the left, households with attractive projected cost savings can finance the installation and save, on net, each year the heat pump operates. (Note: the positive upfront cost on the right graph represents the tax credit which is available to most households.)

Grants, Tax Credits and Other Incentives

NameTypeTermsGuidance
Non-Business Energy Property CreditTax Credits10% of cost; max $500Applies towards the equipment costs of air source heat pumps and other building envelope upgrades. ASHPs qualify for up to $300.
Residential Energy-Efficient Property CreditTax Credits30% of costApplies towards the total project costs of ground source source heat pumps and other household energy technologies.
USDA Home Repair GrantsGrantsUp to $7500Available for income-qualifying households with a 62 or older resident.
Weatherization Assistance Program – Rural CapGrantsUp to $10,000Free home improvements. Available in Juneau.
Weatherization Assistance Program – Alaska CDCGrantsUp to $10,000Free home improvements. Available in Haines, Hyder, Ketchikan, Pelican, Sitka, Skagway and Wrangell.
Weatherization Assistance Program – Tlingit-Haida RHAGrantsUp to $10,000Free home improvements. Available in Angoon, Kake, Yakutat, Petersburg, Saxman, Craig, Klawock, Hydaburg, Kasaan, Coffman Cove, Dora Bay, Edna Bay, Hollis, Naukati, Point Baker, Port Protection, Thorne Bay and Whale Pass.
THRHA Heathly Homes Repair ProgramGrantsN/AFree Home Improvements. Available to tribal members in Angoon, Craig, Douglas, Juneau, Kake, Kasaan, Klawock, Petersburg, Saxman, Skagway, Wrangell, and Yakutat.

Low Cost Financing Options

NameTypeTermsGuidance
AHFC Energy Efficiency Interest Rate ReductionInterest Rate ReductionUp to -0.75%Mortgage must be held by approved lender. Requires energy assessments before and after a home is renovated. Applies to the first $200k of mortgage balance.
AHFC Home Energy LoanLow Cost LoanUp to $30,000 at My Home rate + 0.5% for up to 15 yearsActs as a second mortgage on your home. Alaska USA FCU is the partnered lender. Requires energy assessments before and after a home is renovated.
USDA Home Repair LoansLow Cost LoanUp to $20,000 at 1% for up to 20 yearsAvailable for income-qualifying households, and can be used in combination with the grant program if a qualifying household.

Traditional Lenders

NameWebsitePhone
Alaska USA FCUalaskausa.org(907) 563-4567
Denali FCUdenalifcu.org(907) 586-2370
First Bankfirstbankak.com(907) 586-8001
First National Bank Alaskafnbalaska.com(907) 586-5400
Northrim Banknorthrim.com(907) 586-1010
True North FCUtruenorthfcu.org(907) 523-4700
Wells Fargowellsfargo.com(907) 586-2460