Has your home been uncomfortably warm during this year’s heat waves? Does your electric bill spike every summer?
If so, it’s time for a home energy upgrade, according to experts at the nonprofit Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE). Sealing air leakage and adding insulation can help lower home energy bills and keep indoor temperatures comfortable year-round.
“When you seal air leaks and insulate, it reduces the amount of heat penetrating your home in the summer, or escaping from your home in the winter,” explains Chris Foster, a home energy coach at CSE. “This means your furnace and air conditioner don’t have to work so hard.”
Replacing old ducts – which often leak 25-35% of a home’s conditioned air – can also help lower energy bills and improve indoor air quality.
Incentives are available to help pay for upgrades. Through Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade, homeowners can access rebates ranging from $1,000 to $6,500. Homeowners work with local participating contractors specially trained in home energy efficiency and subject to the program’s quality assurance standards. The rebates are not income qualified.
“It’s amazing what a difference these improvements can make in a family’s quality of life,” says Foster. “We love hearing from local families about how much more comfortable they are in their own homes.”
Santee homeowners have an opportunity to learn more about energy upgrades and rebates at a free workshop at City Hall. At the workshop, CSE’s home energy coaches will explain how to prioritize upgrades, choose a contractor and access rebates.
Home Energy Upgrade Workshop
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Santee City Hall – Building 8A
10601 Magnolia Ave
Register at www.energycenter.org/Oct21