Now more than ever, Pennsylvania families are looking for ways to cut costs wherever they can – why not start by slashing monthly utility bills? The Keystone Home Energy Loan Program, or Keystone HELP, allows families to gain control of their energy costs by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes.
Click here to watch Treasurer McCord discuss this innovative program, hear homeowner Michelle Olson describe how she learned about Keystone HELP, and see b-roll footage from the August 2012 event at the Olson's home in Allentown to commemorate the program's 10,000th loan milestone.
Created by the Pennsylvania Treasury Department and AFC First Financial Corporation of Allentown based upon a pilot developed by the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund, Keystone HELP offers affordable financing options, including rebates and low-interest loans, for Commonwealth homeowners to purchase and install energy-efficient equipment or to implement whole-house improvements.
Since the program’s inception, over 10,000 homeowners have financed more than $63 million in home improvements through Keystone HELP – home improvements that are saving $2.3 million a year on utility bills.
Keystone HELP program guidelines include:
- All installed equipment and material must be new.
- Rebates are available only for projects completed after the program’s effective date.
- Loans are available only for projects initiated after the program’s effective date.
- Eligible applicants may apply for additional rebates or loans in future years, as long as the additional projects comply with the published guidelines current at the time of application.
Applications and full program guidelines are available at www.keystonehelp.com.
Keystone HELP differs from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides grants to help low-income families pay their heating bills. For more information on LIHEAP or to find out if you are eligible for a grant, please call the Stay Warm PA hotline toll-free at 1-866-550-4355 or the LIHEAP hotline toll-free at 1-866-857-7095.
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