What is the first step in retrofitting my home??

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Real Estate Agent with HK Lane, Christie's International Affiliate, 760-285-3578 DRE #01329387

Interested in adding some GREEN features to your home?

 

Conscious environmental awareness 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?  

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Comments (3)

Marcus Rice
Equity First Realty - Richmond, VA
Your Richmond & Virginia Beach Area Realtor

Great Blog, Great information for Realtors, buyers and sellers. Thanks for sharing this detailed information about your real estate market.

Nov 16, 2014 01:14 PM
David Saks
(retired) - Memphis, TN

Fine post and great information. Have a terrific day and a fine week ahead.

Nov 16, 2014 07:26 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Good information.  It's a good idea for real estate professionals to stay up-to-date on local programs that help homeowners retrofit their homes.

Sep 18, 2015 04:35 PM