Do You Have Enough Insulation in Your Home? Could Be Costly…
You know it as soon as weather changes from one season to another. Maybe you’ve been enjoying a lovely, relaxing spring. The blooms are on the bulbs, summer is around the corner, and before you know it, it’s the 4th of July and the sun is blazing overhead. You turn on the air conditioner in the house, and find yourself saying things like, “I don’t remember it taking this long to cool down in here,” or “Is it just me, or is this house still hot?”
Or the flip side happens. You smell fall in the air — the foliage is turning on the trees, the sun is setting earlier and earlier, you make it through Halloween with the kids, and then you realize that you can’t be in certain rooms in your home without turning the heater on.
Are you maximizing the efficiency of your home energy use? If you haven’t conducted a home energy audit yet, then you may not be aware of just how much savings you could be throwing away, because your home insulation is outdated, not as new or efficient as it could be, or just old and ready to be replaced.
The Tie Between Home Insulation and Extra Savings in Your Wallet
Not only will better insulation in your home wind up saving you money on your energy bills every month, as you use less heat or air conditioning to maintain optimal conditions in your home, but also — there are rebates available in many counties all over California (and other states), when it comes to spending the money to improve your home’s energy use.
Do you have drafty rooms? Does your home get too hot or too cold, based on the weather outside the walls? Do you have to leave your A/C on all day and night, just to be able to stand being in your home when it’s hot outside? Have your home energy bills gone up exponentially in recent years? Consider yourself a perfect candidate for a home energy rebate, because you’re gonna’ need to improve your home insulation. For example, for families residing in Alameda County (in the Bay Area), insulating your walls and floor can qualify you to receive $1,500.
Using the Point System to Evaluate Your Home Energy Rebate
Staying with our Alameda County example, the county uses an innovative system that assigns certain points to a laundry list of potential upgrades that can be made around the house. You conduct an audit, figure out what you can do to improve your situation, and come up with a customized list. Then, you match those items against the possible rebate, and you’ve got your magic number.
When you work with a certified building analyst to formalize the findings of your home energy audit, in Alameda County, you’ll pick a few items from the list that in total, amount to 100 points. And then you work with a company like Advanced Home Energy, who will handle the processing of the rebate, while performing the work that needs to be done to your home, to generate more energy efficiency throughout.
Click here for the official page of the rebates: Energy Upgrade CA