Right now it’s easier than ever to reduce your energy costs, improve your comfort, and increase your home’s value! It all starts with a home energy audit!
Energy Saving at Home—How does it work?
The Community Energy Challenge makes energy saving at home as easy as possible from start to finish. If your home was built before 1990*, we provide you with a full home energy audit at a discounted rate, a comprehensive energy assessment report detailing cost-effective measures, ongoing consultation, quality assurance, and financial incentives. Follow the steps below to enjoy a more efficient and comfortable home!
*Contact us about other services for newer homes.
1. SCHEDULE A HOME ENERGY AUDIT WITH A HOME ENERGY ADVISOR
A home energy audit done by one of our Home Energy Advisors takes several hours to perform. This thorough home energy assessment is an in-depth analysis of the energy efficiency and performance of your home. The Home Energy Advisor uses diagnostic tools to test for air leakage, combustion safety, insulation levels, ventilation and more. All Community Energy Challenge Home Energy Advisors are Building Performance Institute certified Building Analysts.
2. RECEIVE A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT
After your home energy audit, the Home Energy Advisor creates a comprehensive report and meets with you to discuss all of the findings and recommendations, and outlines the most cost-effective ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home. All advice and recommendations about energy saving at home are impartial, and you are not obligated to follow up on any of them.
3. CONSIDER YOUR OPTIONS
If you are interested in following up on one or more of the recommendations from the home energy audit, your Home Energy Advisor will consult with you throughout the entire process, from start to finish. You may use the contractor of your choice, as long as they are qualified to do the work as outlined in the home energy audit recommendations. Since your incentive is based on estimated energy savings, finished projects must pass a third-party quality assurance inspection to verify that the work completed will result in the projected energy saving at home.
4. Access incentives, rebates, and financing
We provide incentive rebates on qualifying home efficiency projects done through the Community Energy Challenge. These rebates are in addition to any utility rebates you may qualify for. Moderate income homeowners and rental property owners may qualify for additional incentives. Contact us for current incentive information. We are also partnering with Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union (PSCCU), who has an Energy Smart Loan for homeowners interested in financing an energy efficiency project. It’s easy to apply online! One of the goals of the Community Energy Challenge is to make energy saving at home accessible to as many homeowners as possible.
The Community Energy Challenge is a joint project between Sustainable Connections and the Opportunity Council