Connect your customers to low-cost financing to pay for the upfront cost of efficiency improvements.

Business Energy Loan

The Business Energy Loan (BEL) offers an easy, turnkey solution for financing improvements with no closing costs and $0 down. You work with us to qualify your project, and apply for the loan through VSECU. As is the case with all of our financing options, we perform a cost-savings analysis to ensure that the project will save money by reducing your energy costs. And with the BEL, the lender can often structure the terms so that your monthly net costs stay the same or even go down.

A chart showing an example of savings over time where cost savings start at year one and increase after financing payments are finished.
  • Low interest rate (currently 3.75% - 5.75%), no closing costs, $50,000 loan cap
  • Flexible terms of up to ten years, 100% financing available
  • Streamlined application process, no business financials required
  • Nonprofits and other institutions encouraged to apply
  • Also available to owners of multifamily rental housing

Eligibility Requirements for BEL

  • Financing must be for energy efficiency improvements
  • Business or institution must be physically located in Vermont
  • Credit score of applicant must be 660 or higher
  • Must be registered and in good standing ($25 fee) with the Vermont Office of the Secretary of State
  • Participation requires VSECU membership, available to any Vermont-based organization or individual who lives or works in Vermont

Heat Saver Loan

The Heat Saver Loan is a fast, easy, and flexible way to finance home weatherization and heating improvements. These can include high-efficiency boilers and furnaces, cold-climate heat pumps, air sealing and insulation, solar hot water heaters, heat pump water heaters, and central pellet boilers.

  • Low-interest loans of up to $35,000, with 100% financing available
  • Can be processed in as little as two business days
  • Low closing costs (can be rolled into loan), payback period of up to 15 years

Interest rates*

Household income Loan term: 5 years or less Loan term: between 5 and 15 years
Below $59,350 0.99% 2.99%
Between $59,351 - $89,040 2.99% 3.99%
Over $89,040 4.99% 5.99%

*Income guidelines apply.

How customers can apply

  1. Work with an Efficiency Excellence Network (EEN) contractor to receive a scope of work and price quote on your home weatherization or heating improvement project. Complete the Heat Saver Loan with their contractor.
  2. Send their project scope of work, price quote and project verification form to a participating Lender, Opportunities Credit Union or Vermont State Employees Credit Union, to complete the financing process and receive payment. Contact Efficiency Vermont for information about participating lenders.

Frequently asked questions

What property types qualify?

Eligible properties include owner-occupied primary residences as well as vacation homes located in the state of Vermont that are owned by the borrower and for which the borrower is paying property taxes on the dwelling, including:

  1. A residential structure on land owned by the borrower which contains one to four family housing units (owner must live in one of the units for multi-unit properties),
  2. A mobile home on land owned by the borrower or in a state registered mobile home park, or
  3. Individual units of condominiums or cooperatives.

Properties cannot be rented more than 14 days per calendar year, or be considered an investment property. (Businesses may be able to access financing through Efficiency Vermont’s Business Energy Loan) Properties must be an eligible property type based on the Credit Unions’ underwriting guidelines. Properties cannot be an asset in any pending bankruptcy, legal or divorce proceeding.

What types of projects qualify?

When installed by an Efficiency Excellence Network (EEN) contractor, the following home improvements are eligible for financing through a Heat Saver Loan:

  • High efficiency oil or propane furnaces and boilers which serve as the primary heating system for the residence
  • Cold-climate heat pumps
  • Central wood pellet heating systems
  • Heat pump water heaters
  • Weatherization improvements undertaken through Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®
  • Health and safety measures and repairs needed for the efficiency improvement can constitute up to 50% of the total loan amount

Wood stoves, pellet stoves, direct-vent or wall-vented space heaters do not qualify for financing through this program.

Vermont Gas customers are only eligible for Heat Saver Loans for cold-climate heat pumps. Vermont Gas customers may contact Vermont Gas or Efficiency Vermont to learn about other financing options.

What Efficiency Vermont incentives can be combined with the loans?

Heat Saver Loans can be combined with Efficiency Vermont rebates.

What determines project eligibility?

Project Category Eligible Items Ineligible Items Contractor Requirement
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
  • Air sealing
  • Insulation
  • Crawlspace/basement encapsulation (e.g. vapor barrier (thick plastic/poly) on floor sealed to foundation)
  • Storm windows
  • ENERGY STAR windows & doors
  • Appliances listed on Efficiency Vermont’s qualified products list
  • Heating system and heating distribution system repairs and upgrades, including chimney repairs
  • Heating system replacements and CCHPs meeting specifications on Project Verification Form
  • Bath fans, kitchen range hoods, whole-house ventilation (ERVs/HRVs)
  • Other measures as listed in the audit report
  • 1-4 unit multifamily
  • Heat Pump Water Heaters
  • Vermont Gas customers
  • Wood stoves
  • Pellet stoves
  • Health & safety items that are over 50% of work scope, and repairs that do not pertain to the efficiency improvements (e.g. handrail for stairs)
  • Finish work (e.g., painting)
  • Rental homes (may not be rented out more than 14 days/year)
  • Must be owner occupied (vacation homes are OK as long as they aren’t rented out for more than 14 days per year when not occupied by owner)
  • Contingency budgets
  • Work on home or in areas not required for insulation/air sealing (e.g., wood floors, ramps/stairs)
  • Wood stove/propane chimney inserts
  • Wall mounted fuel heating systems (e.g., gas wall heaters)
  • Multi-family with greater than 4 units
  • Cannot be an asset in a pending bankruptcy, legal, or divorce proceeding
  • Humidifiers
  • Work in areas previously uninsulated (e.g. additions, 3 season porches)
EEN; Out of network subcontractors allowed so long as the EEN contractor’s scope includes out of network subcontractor’s work.
Cold Climate Heat Pump (CCHPs)
  • Equipment meeting qualifying criteria as listed on the Project Verification Form
  • Installation labor
  • Associated electrical panel upgrades necessary to accommodate heat pump
  • Natural gas customers (Vermont Gas customers)
  • Heat pumps not listed on the Efficiency Vermont Qualified Project List (QPL)
EEN (can be installed by all HPwES contractors)
Boilers and furnaces, including central pellet boiler systems and replacements (Boiler/ Furnace)
  • Equipment meeting qualifying criteria as listed on the Project Verification Form
  • Installation labor
  • Associated chimney repairs
  • Must be home’s primary heating system
  • Natural gas heating systems (Vermont Gas customers)
  • Wall mounted fuel heating systems (e.g., gas wall heaters)
  • Installation or removal of any oil or propane tanks not required for the installation of new heating system
  • Cord/chunk wood boilers (indoor or outdoor)
  • Wood or pellet stoves
  • Wood/propane chimney inserts
EEN
Solar Hot Water (Solar HW)
  • Equipment meeting qualifying criteria as listed on the Project Verification Form,
  • Installation labor
  • Removal of old equipment and associated building repairs, (e.g. sealing off old water heater flue penetration)
EEN
Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWHs)
  • Equipment
  • Installation labor
  • Removal of old equipment and associated building repairs (e.g., sealing off old water heater flue penetration)
  • Replacing non-natural gas water heating system (Vermont Gas customers only eligible if existing water heating system is not natural gas).
  • Replacement of natural-gas water heating systems.
EEN

Health and Safety

All projects are eligible for financing of associated health and safety measures provided that the health and safety portion of the work does not account for more than 50% of the total loan amount.  Example health and safety measures include: vermiculite, knob & tube wiring, foundation repairs, drainage systems and repairs, roof repairs, and mold remediation.  Ineligible health and safety repairs examples include: work in areas of the home not required for the work scope, accessibility ramps, stair installation or repair. 

Efficiency Excellence Network (EEN)

EEN qualified suppliers and installers are found on the “Find a Contractor” tool on the Efficiency Vermont website. Companies with multiple branches are required to register each branch with the EEN in order to be eligible to offer HSL financing – ensure the associated branch submitting the project is listed in the Find a Contractor tool.

What equipment specifications are required?

Heating system measure specifications align with requirements for heating system rebates offered by Efficiency Vermont and including the following:

Space Heating Systems:

  • Boilers (Oil/Propane):
  • Furnaces (Oil/Propane):
    • 87% AFUE (Oil)
      95% AFUE (Propane)
    • ECM Fan Motor
    • Primary heating system for the residence
  • Cold Climate Heat Pumps:
    • Must be a qualifying model. Qualifying models can be found here.
  • Central Wood Pellet:

Water Heating Systems:

  • Solar Domestic Hot Water:
    • Must install web-connected monitoring device
    • Must be a qualifying system. Qualifying systems can be found here.
  • Heat Pump Water Heaters:
    • Must be a qualifying model. Qualifying models can be found here.

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR:

  • Scope of work must be developed and provided by an Efficiency Excellence Network Contractor
  • Air-leakage reduction ≥ 10%
  • All recommended health and safety improvements must be included in the Contractor’s Scope of Work, and must be installed

Questions?

Contact our customer support team.

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