More Alaskans eligible for energy rebate

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Already cashed in on Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s home energy or 5 Star Plus rebate? Now certain homeowners can return for seconds when they build or buy anew.

AHFC announced Friday that it plans to extend its energy rebates of up to $10,000 to more of Alaska’s homeowners. Alaskans who have used the Home Energy Rebate Program or 5 Star Plus New Home Rebate Program and have since built or purchased a new home are eligible for another rebate.

The state of Alaska has funded the program since 2008. Home energy rebates reward Alaskan homeowners who complete energy efficiency upgrades or purchase energy efficient homes. New home buyers who purchase Alaska’s most energy efficient homes, rated 5 Star Plus, can receive up to a $7,500 rebate. Rebates average around $6,300.

“Both programs encourage homeowners to construct, purchase or retrofit homes that are energy efficient,” according to an AHFC press release. Energy efficient homes save their owners an average of 33 percent after construction - annual heating fuel savings average over $1,000.

Alaskans can sign up for AHFC energy rebates now. Changes to the program took affect Friday.

For more information or to sign up contact AHFC’s rebate call center at (877) 257-3228 or visit www.akrebate.com.

AHFC has also launched a redesigned website at www.ahfc.us.

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