FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES, GRU HAS PAUSED SOME NON-CRITICAL SERVICES THAT REQUIRE GRU EMPLOYEES TO ENTER HOMES, INCLUDING ENERGY SURVEYS. GRU HAS ALSO TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED ITS LEEPPlus PROGRAM. PLEASE CALL 352-334-3434 WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT OTHER SERVICES.
Free Home Upgrades Available
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 LEDs
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.
- If applicant is not listed by name on the DEED they must provide proof of ownership and occupancy
- If the DEED shows “heirs” to the property, proof that customer is an heir (in addition to meeting all other program requirements) and that all other heirs have given them permission to make improvements to the home must be provided. Multiple Owners or Heirs Property Affidavit
- Homes must be 20 years old or older to qualify. Single family homes, manufactured homes, or individually deeded town homes and condominiums 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:
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- This is a low-income program, not a "no" income program. Applicants with $0 total household income are ineligible.
- Applicant(s) with special needs must provide proof or documentation that they or a family member living in the household has special needs (a disability or chronic illness) in addition to meeting all other program requirements.
- Applicant(s) with special needs must show proof that their income does not exceed 10% above current HUD Low-income Guidelines as listed above.
- 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 LEDs. 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:
- A Certificate of Recommendation (list of recommended improvements)
- A list of GRU LEEPplus Partnering Contractors
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 information here.