The smoothest way to earn wattsmart cash incentives is to work with a Qualified Contractor. For many projects it’s also required. Qualified Contractors are fully up to speed on our incentive process and will work with you to make sure your installation qualifies. Our Qualified Contractors include contractors and plumbers who sell and install qualified energy-efficient equipment or who perform services that improve home energy performance.
- Consumer tips for hiring a contractor
Always work with a Qualified Contractor to ensure quality installation and a seamless incentive process. It’s a good idea to ask for three quotes from three different contractors before proceeding with a project.
When securing your three quotes, be sure to give all contractors exactly the same description of the work you want, including the specifications required for any utility incentives. Have it written into your contract.
Compare the specifications provided by each contractor against each other and the requirements of the utility program. If they vary, ask for an explanation.
Ask your contractors for references and make a few calls – it's always recommended. Ask for all contractors to provide proof of their contractor's license and proof of insurance. Do a licensee check and verification by accessing the State of Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses website.
Ask your contractors for references, and make a few calls. Be sure to check that they have a contractor’s license and proof of insurance. All Home Energy Savings Qualified Contractors are licensed and insured – another big benefit of working with contractors enrolled in our network. If you choose a contractor outside of our Qualified Contractor network, you’ll need to check and verify their credentials by accessing the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing website: www.dopl.utah.gov. Click on "Licensing," then "Verify a License." You will be able to search by contractor name, business name, or license number. (Note: some contractors are licensed under the business name rather than their individual name.)
Do a licensee check by contacting the following:
City of Casper Building Inspection Permitting Division (307) 235-8264
Glenrock (307) 436-9294 ext. 315
Laramie (307) 721-5271
Rock Springs (307) 342-1540
Be sure you get a written contract that covers all your project requirements, including types of materials or equipment specifications, costs, cleanup and warranties. Don't be shy about modifying a contractor’s standard agreement to make sure all expectations are clear and called out in the contract. If you don't understand the agreement, don't sign it. Obtain a signed lien release prior to payment. Ask all contractors, subcontractors and suppliers working on your project to sign lien releases prior to paying them for completed services.
You're in charge. It's your home and money, so make sure you are getting what you are contracting for.