City of Elyria - Energy Smart Home Program

July 27, 2011


Using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) from the Department of Energy, the city of Elyria is offering rebates to homeowners for certain energy efficiency improvements made to the home. The amount of rebate varies depending on household income and improvement made. Interested homeowners should apply before any funds are spent to ensure eligibility and reserve a rebate. Energy audits will be required as part of the application process. In general, the following projects will be eligible (all projects must be approved by the Community Development Department):

1. Energy Star Gas Furnace replacements and ductwork; chimney repair. The AFUE must be greater than or equal to 95 and must result in 15% energy use reduction (minimum). Rebate range from $1000 to $2500, depending on income.

2. Hot water heaters: tank replacement (energy factor 0.62 or greater), tankless hot water heaters, repairs. Must result in 15% energy use reduction (minimum). Rebates range from $1000 to $2500, depending on income.

3. Insulation: Attic insulation must result in 10% energy use reduction. The insulation rebate is 50% of the cost up to $1000.

In addition, there are Energy Star programmable thermostats available for the first 2300 households that apply (and qualify). The thermostats, and their professional installation, are free for qualifying homeowners through this program.

See the program guidelines for additional eligibility details and for information about required documentation verifying income. All rebates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Ohio
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: City of Elyria
Start Date: 06/30/2010
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Water Heaters
  • Furnaces
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Building Insulation
Incentive Amount: $1000 - $2500
Maximum Incentive: $2500
Equipment Requirements: Varies depending on technology
Installation Requirements: Must use a licensed and registered contractor (per Elyria Building Department rules). The City can provide a list of approved contractors.


Name: Energy Smart House Brochure


Name: Mary Bird
Organization: City of Elyria
Address: 131 Court Street
Elyria OH 44035
Phone: (440) 326-1540

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.