Fall energy audits benefit homeowners and HRRC
The Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) is partnering with Dominion East Ohio’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program again this fall to encourage homeowners to sign up for energy audits. This is a great value for both homeowners and HRRC. Dominion East Ohio residential gas customers will pay only $50 for the 3–4 hour energy assessment (normally $500), and HRRC will receive a donation from GoodCents (the company providing the audits) for each order placed between Oct. 10 and Nov. 10.
The audits can be especially helpful in older homes, which were seldom built with energy efficiency in mind. The audit will include tests to determine where heat is currently being lost in the home; free home improvements, such as caulking, weatherstripping, door sweeps, and more; and a report identifying and prioritizing measures that will make the home more energy efficient and comfortable. If the homeowners then make any of the suggested improvements using prequalified contractors and use the official rebate process, they can get up to $1,250 back—and the GoodCents auditor will return to check the quality of the work and verify that appropriate materials were installed.
The value of this partnership with GoodCents extends beyond support for HRRC; it benefits the entire community when energy is conserved and homeowners pay less for heating costs. Audits can be ordered online at www.deoenergysavers.com or by calling 877-287-3416.
Becky Stager has been the home repair education coordinator at HRRC since 1989. Visit www.hrrc-ch.org or call 381-6100 for more information on programs and services.