Home energy efficiency has become a popular topic among new home buyers as well as homeowners looking to make improvements to existing houses. Improving the energy efficiency of residences has been identified as an effective way to solve not only some of the nation’s energy crises but also to save homeowners and renters money on monthly bills.
Last year, grassroots community group Sustainable Issaquah launched its Home Energy Efficiency Group (HEEG), to explore the pros and cons of energy efficiency improvements and to educate locals on what affordable measures they could take in their home.
Now, a partnership between the City of Issaquah and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is offering residents a free, no obligation in-home energy evaluation by an independent certified specialist.
The deadline to sign up for the free evaluation is Nov. 5.
The HomePrint evaluations are available thanks to PSE, as well as a U.S. Department of Energy Community Block Grant awarded to the City of Issaquah.
The evaluation will catalogue a home’s major energy systems, including central heating and air conditioning, water heating, weatherization and appliances. All homeowners in Issaquah are eligible to apply.
The HomePrint evaluation will also provide participants with immediate energy savings with low-flow showerheads and on-site installation of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). PSE will also provide participants with a customized list of energy-saving action items.
From the 100 participants, one homeowner will be selected to have his or her home fully weatherized as a show house – a $4,000 value. Free tours of this home will then be offered in the future for the public to see what’s involved in a full home energy retrofit. If you are interested in attending the retrofit class and tour, register online at www.ci.issaquah.wa.us/FormPage.asp?FormID=93, or phone 425-837-3402.