SOURCE: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

October 13, 2008 18:10 ET

Master List Signup Available for Energy Ratings

AHFC Launches Website and Call Center Signup

ANCHORAGE, AK--(Marketwire - October 13, 2008) - Homeowners can now sign up for an energy rating through a master waiting list. Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) announced that as of today, Alaskans may sign up online at www.akrebate.com or by calling a toll-free number 1-877-AKREBATE (1-877-257-3228). Homeowners will be placed on the master waitlist based on the date of their initial call, including everyone already on one or more of the lists previously maintained by individual raters.

The Alaska Legislature this year allocated $160 million for the Home Energy Rebate Program, which had not received funding since 1996. The first step to qualify for the rebate is an energy rating; however, a shortage of certified raters quickly became a stumbling block. As word of the program spread, Alaskans became more and more frustrated with their inability to reach a rater to get on a waitlist.

"Taking the waitlist internally will assure that every interested Alaskan is able to talk to a real person about the waitlist, or easily sign up online," said Dan Fauske, AHFC CEO/Executive Director. "They'll also be able to get an accurate idea of how far down they are on the list for their community."

To help alleviate the shortage of raters, AHFC has substantially increased the number of training classes, so the number of new raters is increasing weekly. With one master list and the ever-increasing availability of new raters, AHFC anticipates that more people will be able to participate in the program, waits will be shorter, and the signup will be quick and easy.

Also this year, the legislature provided $200 million for a second energy program, known as the Weatherization Program. To participate, Alaskans may be homeowners or renters who meet income qualifications. For more information on this program, visit www.ahfc.us/energy. Those meeting income qualifications would then contact the service provider for their area.

AHFC is a self-supporting public corporation with offices in 16 communities statewide. It provides statewide financing for multi-family complexes, congregate facilities, and single-family homes, with special loan options for low- and moderate-income borrowers, veterans, teachers, health care professionals, and those living in rural areas of the state.

AHFC also provides energy and weatherization programs, low-income rental assistance in 17 communities, and special programs for the homeless and those seeking to become self-sufficient. AHFC contributes more than $100 million annually to Alaska's state budget revenues through cash transfers, capital projects and debt-service payments.

Contact Information

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    Sherrie Simmonds
    Corporate Communications Officer
    907-330-8447
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