Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) (Louisiana)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Louisiana

Name Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)
Incentive Type State Loan Program
Applicable Sector Residential
Eligible Technologies Clothes Washers/Dryers, Dishwasher, Refrigerators, Lighting, Chillers, Furnaces, Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Building Insulation, Windows, Custom/Others pending approval, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount 50% of loan amount subsidized by LA DNR

Maximum Incentive 6,000 from LA DNR

Terms 5-year maximum term
Program Administrator Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
Website http://dnr.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=40&pnid=103&nid=105
Date added to DSIRE 2005-07-08
Last DSIRE Review 2014-07-22

References DSIRE[1]


The Home Energy Loan Program (HELP), administered by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), allows homeowners to get a five-year loan to improve the energy efficiency of their existing home. DNR subsidizes half of the financing for energy efficiency improvements at a low interest rate to participating lenders, up to a maximum DNR subsidy of $6,000. Each participating lender sets the maximum loan amount offered to homeowners, as well as the interest rate that is charged to the homeowner. A homeowner can qualify for an energy improvement loan in two ways – either through an energy audit in which an Energy Home Rater makes recommendations, or by choosing pre-approved home improvements as designated by the program.

In order to participate, a homeowner must contact a participating lender directly and must complete a credit application. The HELP home improvement loans may either be consumer loans or second mortgages; this is left to the discretion of the participating lender. A list of participating lenders, pre-approved home improvements and limits to participation are available on the program web site.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Program Coordinator
Department Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
Division Energy Section, Technology Assessment Division
Address 617 N. 3rd Street
Address 2 P.O. Box 44156
Place Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Zip/Postal Code 70804-4156
Phone (225) 342-1399

Website http://dnr.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=35

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency"