There’s no excuse not to schedule an energy assessment now. Santa Clara County is currently offering 80% off the cost of a home energy assessment (up to $800).
The County’s offer is designed to spur participation in the Energy Upgrade California™ program, a state-wide initiative targeting energy savings in existing homes. Seventy-five percent of homes in California were built before there were any energy codes. Consequently, they are hot, cold, drafty, noisy. They also often don’t last as long as they should and may lose value on resale.
By implementing recommendations from an energy assessment, homeowners can reduce energy use up to 40%, all while making their homes healthier and more comfortable. The Energy Upgrade California™ program offers rebates of up to $4,000 (and more for a limited time) for those who use the findings of the assessment to make home energy improvements. So schedule an energy assessment today. Visit the County’s Energy Upgrade website to find participating contractors in Santa Clara County.
An energy assessment takes around 3 or 4 hours. During the assessment, the contractor measures your home’s performance using equipment such as a blower door, duct blaster, manometer, and infrared thermal imager. Energy Upgrade contractors have employees who are certified by the Building Performance Institute. They understand how to analyze a house as a whole system and cost-effectively fix problems that arise.
Contractors are getting busy, so book your energy assessment now, and remember, through February 2012, Santa Clara County will pay for 80% of your assessment (up to a value of $800). Click here for more details.
Once you have your assessment, we’re guessing that you’ll want to know more about rebates available to upgrade your home. On February 1, 2012, Santa Clara County Energy Upgrade program and GreenTown are co-hosting a workshop to educate residents about next steps. The Energy Upgrade Workshop will be held at the Neutra House, 181 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos from 7:00-8:30pm.