CHERP (Community Home Energy Retrofit Program) and HERO (Home Energy Retrofit Opportunity) are ongoing programs that are working with cities to improve energy efficiencies in buildings. Both programs share many similarities but still have many distinct differences in their approach. CHERP unlike many programs stem from the efforts of the community, without the willingness of volunteers and community groups CHERP would lose the main component of its operation.
HERO similar to CHERP also works closely with cities but it differs in that it does not include the community, instead it works with municipalities to finance projects for homeowners.
Rebates and Financing
CHERP does not offer direct rebates or financing for retrofit projects. It does however act as a resource to connect homeowners to rebates and financing offered from sources such as utility agencies, state and federal organization. In California the main organization that issues out rebates and financing is Energy Upgrade California.
Unlike CHERP, HERO’s main quality is its financing program. In order for HER) to come to a city the local government must first approve and sponsor the program. Homeowners then finance their home project through Property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing. This means of financing allows homeowners to pay for upfront cost by paying for it through their property tax. Through this method homeowners can increase their property value and gain the benefits of reduced energy bills once the project is completed. Meaning that even with the increase in property tax home owners can still have a net gain.
The wonderful thing about the CHERP program is in its community engagement. A major barrier currently is the poor flow of information from agencies to homeowners. Most people are simply unware of the many rebates and programs that the utility and governmental agencies offer. The General public is also very wary of making changes to their homes. CHERP acknowledges this barrier and in doing so their model is based off of engagement and education. It is very evident from their website that their efforts build trust within the community. Their website offers many testimonies and their plans are all very transparent and straight forward.
|Rebates and Financing||Engagement||Website||Measurement||Awards|
|CHERP||Energy Upgrade California||Volunteer based. Works with city and community||Lack of data Base||Has a goal for particular cities to retrofit certain amount of homes||Top Energy Champion|
|HERO||Financing through mortgage and property tax adjustment||Works with municipalities||Contractor data base and product data base more extensive||Does not have specific indicators for cities||Cool Planet Award|