Friday, January 28, 2011

City, Idaho Power Team for Low-Cost Home Energy Audits

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 2:00 PM

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During these cold winter months, homes seem to take on different personalities that come complete with drafty rooms, cold floors and exorbitant heating bills.

Although they may not be able to give you heated floors, Idaho Power and the City of Boise are teaming up to provide the first 600 applicants with a personalized home-energy audit. That's right, an independent home performance specialist will come to your home to see what can be done to make things more energy efficient, by providing an inspection of attic insulation, doors, windows, furnace and appliances, as well as using a blower to see from where all the heat is escaping your house. Typically, homeowners would pay more than $400 for a similar audit and subsequent improvements to correct the problem areas, but through this program, select homeowners will pay only $49.

Funding for the project comes from an energy efficiency and conservation block-grant awarded to the City of Boise by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and as of Friday morning, there was still some availability. Once the program is full, interested homeowners will be put on a wait list. To qualify, a homeowner must live within the Boise city limits and be an Idaho Power residential customer, own and occupy a single-family, site-built home of 3,000 square feet or less for at least 12 months and plan on residing there for another 12 months.

Once the audit is completed, technicians will perform — at no additional cost — improvements including installing compact fluorescent light bulbs, sealing leaks around the furnace and insulating water pipes. From the audit alone, each lucky homeowner can expect to reduce electricity usage by 5 to 10 percent.

For more information and to sign up for the home audit, click here, or call 208-388-2515.

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