Season 5 • Episode 4

Is Your Home Electrification Ready?


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About Season 5 Episode 4: Is Your Home Electrification Ready?

In today’s world, electrifying your home and becoming more energy efficient has never been easier. With various funding opportunities and programs available, the incentives to upgrade your energy systems are too big to be ignored.

Join Kevin Kane in this week’s episode of the Rise Up Podcast that focuses on energy efficiency successes and challenges, available funding for homeowners, barriers to electrification, and the steps you can take to start your own energy efficiency journey.

About Our Guest: Kevin Kane

Kevin is the Chief Economist and co-founder of Green Homeowners United, a residential energy efficiency firm based in West Allis, WI that works to fight climate change at home by leveraging modern technologies to upgrade buildings into more efficient structures. He works with lenders, realtors and homeowners to help people navigate and understand the benefits of green homes, and green mortgages specifically. 

Substantial federal funding to spur America’s transition to a clean energy economy is a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) from the Biden Administration. Local and state governments now have the opportunity to incentivize homeowners to make environmentally-conscious decisions when working on their homes. 

Kane is a BPI-certified energy assessor and has a Masters in Applied Economics from Marquette University, which he combines with over a decade of experience as a community organizer and policy advocate, to show homeowners the carbon impact, building costs, and financial returns for energy efficiency improvements as well as the economic calculations of green lending.

Episode Chapters:

00:00 Kevin Kane Introduction

02:02 Green Homeowners United Background

05:23 Services offered by GHU

06:41 Successes and challenges in energy efficiency

08:58 Inflation Reduction Act and additional funding

13:03 Barriers to electrification

17:48 Comparing opportunities now and in the past

21:06 Largest needs to meet goals

24:53 Assessment and weatherization process

28:09 Planning for the future and final thoughts

MREA Summer Events

Want to attend hands-on demonstrations and educational workshops focused on renewable energy and sustainable living? Join the MREA at our summer 2024 events in Custer, WI:

Industry Demo Day – Friday, June 21

The Energy Fair – Saturday, June 22


Address: 7558 Deer Rd. Custer, WI 54423
Phone: (715)-592-6595

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration.