Washington Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates (HEAR) Program

The State Home Electrification and Appliance Rebate Program provides grants to eligible third-party administrators to provide rebates and incentives to households and small businesses to purchase and install high-efficiency electric equipment and appliances. The Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce) anticipates making funds available beginning in February 2024.

Accepting Local Government and Tribal Entity Funding Requests

Commerce is accepting funding requests from Local Governments, Tribal Governments, and Tribal supporting entities to establish or expand incentive programs for high-efficiency electric equipment and appliance. The funding request form will remain open until the current funding of $49 million for these entities is allocated.

Funding request form for Local Governments and Tribal Entities

Who is eligible?

Eligible Entities to Administer Rebates include:

  • 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organizations
  • Community Action Agencies
  • Housing Providers
  • Local Governments
  • Tribal Governments and Tribal supporting entities
  • Electric Utilities

Eligible recipients of rebates

  • Low- & moderate-income (LMI), single- & multi-family households with income 150% of Area Median Income (AMI) or less 
  • Small businesses with fifty (50) or fewer employees
  • Adult family homes licensed by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)

What equipment and appliances are eligible for rebates?

Eligible Equipment for rebates and incentives includes, but is not limited to:

  • Heat pumps for home heating (i.e., air-source, ground-source)
  • Residential and commercial induction cooking equipment
  • Heat pump water heaters
  • Heat pump clothes dryers
  • Electric panel and wiring upgrades required for installation of new electric equipment

All equipment must be ENERGY STAR certified.

How much funding is available?

A total of approximately $77,600,000 from the State Climate Commitment Account will be available for eligible entities to administer rebates and incentive programs across Washington State. Commerce anticipates investing in the following sectors:

  • $37 million for Local Governments, including Cities, Counties, and Municipally Owned Utility Providers to administer rebates and incentives to LMI households and small businesses
  • $18.6 million to leverage the Federal IRA HEAR Program and existing relationships through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Weatherization Program, and Housing Trust Fund
  • $10 million in projects that install heat pumps in adult family homes
  • $12 million in projects directly administered or supported by Federally Recognized Tribal Governments, Tribal supporting entities, and Tribal partnerships

Important dates

  • January 2024: Launch of the program website and public survey for households and small businesses.
  • February 2024: Launch Local Government and tribal funding request form and begin granting funds.
  • March 2024: Online and in-person workshops for households and small businesses.
  • March – April 2024: Anticipated opening of Request for Applications (RFA) for adult family home and additional LMI residential program funding.

Resources

Contact

For more information, email HomeRebates@Commerce.wa.gov. Be sure to put “State Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates (HEAR) Program” in the subject line.

Survey

Commerce is soliciting feedback and comments from the public about the proposed program. Please follow the links below to participate in a survey to help Commerce plan future engagement opportunities and program parameters.

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