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GRU's Low-income Energy Efficiency Programplus assists low-income customers with home improvements that can lower their electric bill, improve comfort and reduce energy use. Eligible participants will work with GRU to determine the improvements that best suit their home, which may include:
- Replacing central air conditioning and heating systems
- Servicing central air conditioning systems
- Replacing room air conditioners with high-efficiency units
- Repairing leaky ducts
- Installing additional insulation
- Replacing the water heater
- Installing a programmable thermostat
- Weather stripping and caulking of doors and windows
- Providing up to 10 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
On average, the program provides $4,250 of approved upgrades to the home. Rebates will be given directly to the GRU LEEPplus Partnering Contractor(s) rather than the customer.
- Must be a GRU residential electric customer with at least one year of service at current location.
- Must own and live in the home being improved.
- Only single-family dwellings built in 1997 or earlier or mobile homes are eligible.
- Customers or homes can only receive assistance from this program once.
- Customer must show proof that he or she meets current HUD Low-income Guidelines. Contact a federal, state or local assistance agency, such as, but not limited to:
- Neighborhood Housing & Development Corporation – 352-380-9119
- This is a low-income program, not a "no" income program. Applicants with $0 total household income are ineligible.
- Customer must use a GRU LEEPplus Partnering Contractor.
- Customer must participate in an in-home training, which includes an energy-efficiency walk-through survey.
- Efficiency measures may be deferred if structural components need to be addressed first.
- Location of repairs must be safe, clean and well-maintained by homeowners at all times.
- Customer will be held responsible for reimbursing GRU the full cost of repairs if:
- The home is leased, sold or placed on the market within one year of repairs.
- The applicant does not live at the residence for a minimum of 12 consecutive months after repairs are completed.
- GRU will schedule a visit to customer's home to inspect repairs and confirm installation of CFLs. If customer does not allow the inspection to be conducted within 30 days of work completion, customer will be responsible for total cost of repairs.
- After the final inspection, GRU has no further obligations. Any issues regarding the improvements must be addressed with the contractor.
- GRU will randomly inspect 10% of LEEPplus homes to ensure upgrades have been maintained and energy and water education are being applied.
- All improvements are subject to approval by GRU and contingent upon fund availability.
Note: A customer may meet the eligibility requirements for this program but still not qualify if the home does not need certain improvements. This will be determined when GRU performs the pre-repair home inspection.
How to Apply
Step 1: Submit a LEEPplus Application
Step 2: Obtain a Home Survey and Certificate of Recommendation
- If you are eligible, a GRU representative will contact you to schedule an in-home training and a pre-repair home inspection.
- GRU will complete a pre-repair home inspection and provide you with:
Step 3: Submit Estimates to GRU
- Contact GRU LEEPplus Partnering Contractor(s) to schedule an appointment for the contractor to visit your home.
- You must receive itemized estimates for all recommended work listed on Certificate of Recommendation.
- Submit copies of estimates to GRU no later than 21 days after receiving Certificate of Recommendation.
Step 4: Have Work Done
- If approved, GRU will send you voucher(s) that will be valid for the selected contractor(s).
- You will then schedule repairs with contractor(s).
- Work must be completed within 30 days of issuance of voucher(s).
Step 5: Complete the Project
- After contractor(s) completes repairs to your satisfaction, you will sign the voucher(s) and give it to the contractor. Be sure to get all necessary warranties from the contractor.
- Contractor(s) will submit voucher(s) to GRU for payment.
- GRU will schedule a visit to your home to inspect repairs and confirm installation of CFLs. If you do not allow the inspection to be conducted within 30 days of work completion, you will be responsible for the total cost of repairs.
- GRU will pay contractor(s) upon completion of the post-inspection.
Note: The in-home training will be conducted by a GRU representative throughout the process. GRU reserves the right to inspect all work.
For additional information, please call our Energy & Business Services Department at 352-393-1460 or submit your name and email address here.