There has never been a better time to reduce your heating and cooling costs by making energy improvements to your home. You may be eligible for grants or loans to complete the work.
Energy efficiency is the process of keeping the elements out, which reduces your homes energy consumption and creates a more efficient home.
Here are a few processes you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your home:
- Energy audits to evaluate home's energy usage.
- Exterior wall and attic insulation.
- Air infiltration and bypass sealing.
- Test, repair, and/or replace home mechanical systems to ensure efficiency and safety.
- Window and door replacement.
Steps to energy savings
- CenterPoint Energy's Energy Audits
CenterPoint Energy currently provides two tests for homeowners for a fee. Check the website for current pricing.
- Neighborhood Energy Connection
The Neighborhood Energy Connection provides loans through the Community Fix Up Fund at low interest rates up to $35,000 to help weatherize your house.
- Request a visit from the Home Energy Squad
Featured in the October 2010 Briefing
Not sure how to improve your home's energy efficiency? The Home Energy Squad, a partnership between Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy, is here to help. These experts will take the mystery out of improving your home's energy efficiency, so you can relax while you save energy and money.
- Xcel Energy's Energy Efficiency programs
Learn more about how you can be energy efficient with Xcel Energy's programs.
Low income options for those that qualify
- U.S. Department of Energy
Follow the Weatherization Assistance Home Page and follow the steps to apply for assistance. Amount of assistance depends on weatherization needs.
- Weatherization Assistance Program: Low income family assistance
Homeowners need to meet income eligibility requirements. Once application is approved weatherization work can begin through an approved contractor.
- Sustainable Resource Center
Once assistance is obtained you have the option to choose the Sustainable Resource Center who serves the entire metro area. They provide basic home energy diagnostics all the way up to whole house weatherization services. Contact the Center at 612-870-4255.
Contact your local contractor for more information about improving your home's energy efficiency. (Remember, substantial initial investments will hopefully be recouped if done correctly, providing you piece of mind and conserving our energy.)