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energy-home-inspect-300x276Sonoma County homeowners are now eligible for rebates of up to 100% for Energy Analysis services. In addition, rebates up to $6,000 are now available for some home energy efficiency upgrades.

These new incentives were announced Oct. 27 by the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP), and the Regional Climate Protection Authority, in partnership with Energy Upgrade California™

A Home Energy Analysis uses cutting-edge technology to determine where a home may be leaking energy and wasting money, and addresses potential indoor air quality and health concerns. The analyst assesses all the major energy efficiency features of the home, looking at the house as a whole system. Air leaks, heating and cooling systems, water heating systems, insulation, windows, attached lighting fixtures, major appliances, solar systems, and other energy uses are all inspected. The analysis includes a customized evaluation of the home’s energy use and identifies specific opportunities to minimize energy waste, and improve comfort, many of which are eligible for further rebates and financing. Any Sonoma County homeowner may choose to have an analysis performed on their home. Immediate plans for energy efficiency improvements are not required.

SCEIP_logo_largeRegional incentives have also been added to the existing Energy Upgrade Basic and Advanced pathways to home energy efficiency upgrades as a part of the Energy Upgrade California Whole House Upgrade program. An additional $1,000 flat-rate rebate brings the total rebate for the Energy Upgrade Basic Package projects to $2,000. An additional $2,000 flat-rate rebate for Advanced Package projects means a homeowner can now get up to $6,000 in rebates. Energy efficiency upgrades in these packages are designed to increase energy and water efficiency, improve indoor air quality, create a more comfortable home, and potentially decrease utility bills.

Both incentive programs are limited-time offers, available on a first-come/first-served basis while funds last. Funding for this program is made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). For more information on these rebates, how to contact a Participating Contractor or HERS II Rater, or Energy Upgrade California™ in Sonoma County, call (707) 565-6470 or visit www.EnergyUpgradeSonoma.org.

Energy Upgrade California is a statewide program that helps property owners reduce their energy use and save money with rebates, incentives, and financing. To qualify for energy efficiency incentives, homeowners must work with Energy Upgrade Participating Contractors. To qualify for the 100% energy analysis, homeowners must work with a HERS II Rater and receive a Home Energy Score.

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