The program is designed with the member’s needs in mind. Not only does it feature a low interest rate, the loan payment will be added to the electric bill for easy payment. Ideally, the program is designed so that energy savings should cover the cost of the loan.
The program features a low (5%) interest rate on improvements up to $15,000 and focuses on making energy improvements to existing homes. These improvements need to have a reasonable return on the financial investment – typically less than 6 years – or they will not be recommended.
Berkeley Electric will provide Building Performance Institute-certified energy experts to create a prioritized list of energy improvements that will provide the largest energy savings and improved comfort.
Once a member is approved for the loan, the cooperative will provide a list of approved contractors to choose from. When the work is completed, an energy expert from Berkeley Electric Cooperative will conduct a final inspection of the contractor’s work to make sure it is completed to the required standards. Members must have a good credit rating with Berkeley Electric in order to be approved.
For more information regarding the HomeAdvantage Loan program please e-mail us.
HomeAdvantage Program FAQs
The interest rate will be a low rate of 5%.
This is Berkeley Electric Cooperative’s incentive to customers to make additional long term energy
improvements to their homes.
Typically the payback on the improvements needs to be within 6 years.
Measures with high return would be prioritized for customers. These include
such items as infiltration improvement, duct work leakage, air flow improvement,
insulation upgrades and HVAC unit upgrades.
Building Performance Institute auditors will review the home, develop a recommended
weatherization summary for the customer and the contractor to bid on the work
and close on the loan.
Customers only wanting to implement some of the measures, like heating & cooling unit
change outs or low energy saving measures like windows, can take advantage of the existing
Energy Advance Loan Program with Farmers & Merchant Bank.
The general loan process is as follows: (Please note that you must be a member of Berkeley Electric for at least 12 months in order to apply)
Customer is interested in making the home more energy efficient or replacing
an HVAC unit that has failed.
Customer applies for loan. Loan applications are available from Berkeley Electric Cooperative’s website (link to application) or at district offices.
After loan approval, a certified auditor will be assigned and will provide recommendations
to customer, as well as a list of approved contractors (link to approved contractor PDF) to bid on the work.
After the loan is closed, the contractor will complete the work. Berkeley Electric Cooperative will conduct a
post-inspection and gets customer to sign-off, if all work is completed properly.
Berkeley Electric Cooperative will cut check and pay contractor. A lien is recorded on property as
security for the loan.
Customers will have payments on their electric bill monthly and have a home
that is more comfortable and has lower energy bills.