Interested in adding some GREEN features to your home?
The very first step would be to have an energy assessment, or audit performed on your home. This assessment would include:
· Where and how energy is wasted.
· The air flow of your home and any points of leakage.
· Your energy consumption.
· Moisture issues.
And then the auditor will issue you recommendations based on their findings.
And energy assessment can be conducted in several different ways. The first and probably most accessible audit, can often be obtained from your local utility company. Here in the Palm Springs Valley, we have two major utility companies: Imperial irrigation District, (IID), or Southern California Edison, (SCE). They do have free assessments offered, and a visit to their websites can direct you to the contact point.
The second way is to hire a HERS (Home Energy Rating System), rater at an approximate cost of $250, to perform an audit on your home.
After that, it is up to you to review the audit, and decide what is the most appropriate area to invest in. A very helpful website for California homeowners is called Energy Upgrade California. This website helps you find local auditors, qualified contractors, and energy rebates that are available to you.
It is also very important to have a source list, or contact information for your local area. This will require some homework! But doesn't anything worthwhile?