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“Energy Upgrade” Encourages Home Efficiency

Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 6:35am

There’s a new statewide incentive program that would make improving energy efficiency in your home a more cost-effective option.

If you have old windows or an electricity sucking air conditioner, the program, called Energy Upgrade California offers rebates from 1,000 to 4,000 dollars for projects that make your home more efficient.

Colin Clark from Ecology Action a non-profit helping to run the program explains, “if you’re an interested property owner and you have gone to the website and your interested in doing energy efficiency gains. A contractor comes out and comes to your home and does a very specific to your home analysis of what your home needs. Is it windows, is it a new HVAC system is it more insulation?”

Energy Upgrade is also using federal stimulus money to fund three percent fifteen year loans which are being offered to qualified homeowners. Once you have completed the work, Clark says, “you do a test out on the back end and the utility writes you a check based on how much energy you have saved.”

The rebates are being offered indefinitely, but the stimulus money which is being used for overall marketing and the loan program ends in March of 2012.

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