Flagstaff Home Energy Retrofit Program
The Flagstaff Home Energy Retrofit Program (FHERP) will provide home energy retrofits to residents of the City of Flagstaff.
Retrofits will be provided to low-income and vulnerable residents to make weatherization, electrification, and energy efficiency upgrades to their homes.
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The program will provide approximately 80 home retrofits, serving low-income and vulnerable households in Flagstaff. Climate inequities faced by these groups create persistently higher energy burdens, which this program aims to address.
- Low income is defined using the HUD low-income limits. They are defined as households with incomes less than 80% of the Flagstaff area medium income (AMI) in the past year.
- Vulnerable families are defined as those families that face additional risks of housing insecurity and climate change. Examples include having a family member with a disability or health condition, a history of housing insecurity, or children in the household. This is a broad definition that will be refined as the program is developed.
The program will be available for both owner- and renter-occupied units and will seek to serve all housing types (single-family and multi-family housing).
The program will be managed by City of Flagstaff staff in collaboration with local contractors and other regional partners. Administrative tasks include application intake, verifying requested repairs, procurement, verifying completion, contractor payment, and file documentation. The City will contract with local contractors to make the repairs. Retrofits will be subsidized at a sliding scale based on income, with subsidies covering most or all of the cost of retrofits for most families.
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The City of Flagstaff was awarded Community Project Funding (CPF) for the Flagstaff Home Energy Retrofit Program (FHERP). This funding is administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Funding is valid for use in 2023-2029 through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 (Public Law 117-103).
The Community Project Funding will be used to accelerate retrofits across Flagstaff and determine the best method to rapidly and equitably incentivize home retrofits for low- and middle-income households.
Home Energy Audit and Safety Assessment
This program will use a comprehensive approach to home energy and safety, conducting energy audits to identify the highest needs and best return on investment for the resident.
Home energy retrofits are a proven intervention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing co-benefits like reduced costs for residents, improvements in air quality and health, and improved home comfort. The Department of Energy has found that for every $1.00 invested in weatherization improvements, there is $1.72 generated in energy benefits and $2.78 generated in non-energy benefits.
This program will provide multiple home upgrades to each participating household. Energy retrofits will be tailored to the individual needs of the household based on an energy audit conducted by a professional energy auditor.
Energy Management and Resident Empowerment
Each home retrofit will include the installation of a programmable thermostat if the home does not already have one or if an upgraded thermostat is necessary to be compatible with new equipment. This thermostat will enable residents to easily manage their energy usage, ensuring that they are able to take advantage of potential energy bill savings due to differing utility rates throughout the day (time-of-use billing). This also will enable the residents to enjoy greater control of their indoor climate and to increase their comfort within the home.
Each program recipient will also receive a detailed guide to their home equipment and informational/educational meetings to ensure they are equipped to manage their new equipment and improve the comfort of their homes.
This program will build on a former energy retrofit program run by the City of Flagstaff from 2011 – 2014, funded partly by the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant program.
The City will use the framework from the past award-winning program to rapidly develop a revamped program that focuses specifically on maximizing assistance for low-income and vulnerable households to help save energy, lower utility bills, improve health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.