Key areas for energy change in Southeast households

Heat Pumps and Heat Pump Water Heaters | Many of the local and federal incentives focus on promoting heat pump installation. Heat pumps are appliances that run on electricity and collect warmth from the ground, water, or air and concentrate it to heat or cool the home. They are widely considered to be the most cost-effective and sustainable way to regulate home temperatures, regardless of the region’s climate. Heat pumps offer an efficient and sustainable alternative to traditional furnaces and air conditioners by using half as much energy as other heating systems and avoiding fossil fuels. While their up-front costs are higher than the traditional technology, the resulting monthly cost savings often pay back that investment — consult online guides and get a home heating assessment to find out what the costs and payback period might look like for your household. There are also incentives and awards available for qualifying Southeast Alaskans to offset the purchase price.

Weatherization | Weatherization is the process of sealing a building to protect it from the elements and to maximize energy efficiency. It usually starts with a home energy audit or a heating assessment and can involve improving insulation, air sealing, and ventilation. Windows and doors are sometimes replaced or modified as part of weatherizing the building. 

Electric Vehicles | Electric vehicles, or EVs, are vehicles that utilize electricity rather than combusting fossil fuels to power the engine. 

Energy-Efficient Appliances | There are also many additional ways to reduce home energy use by upgrading appliances and electronics including smart thermostats, light fixtures, light bulbs, and other Energy Star-rated appliances.