Home Energy Audits Come to the East Bay Area

From on December 13, 1901 in CalFinder News

It can sometimes be a challenge to find out about energy-efficiency programs offered in your area, and to know whether those programs are right for you.

Next week, Alameda County residents in California can learn valuable information about available programs by attending the “Oakland/Piedmont Home Energy Forum.”

The Oakland/Piedmont Home Energy Forum will take place Tuesday, January 31, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Rockridge Library in Oakland.

Attendees will not only learn about incentives offered through the Department of Energy program, Energy Upgrade CA, but about additional rebates offered in a number of Alameda County cities, including Piedmont, Hayward, Oakland, Berkeley, Albany and San Leandro. Energy Upgrade CA operates statewide, offering residents rebates for home energy audits and for a variety of home improvements that increase the energy efficiency in homes.

Participants in the Energy Upgrade CA program can receive up to $4,000 in rebates from Pacific Gas and Electric, as well as up to $500 in federal tax credits. In addition, many Alameda County cities offer their own rebates. Homeowners in many Alameda County cities can receive up to $6,000 total in rebates. The City of Hayward is matching PG&E’s rebate, which means that residents can get up to $8,000 in rebates.

Most California homes will benefit from a home energy audit. The average American home loses about 40 percent of its energy through leaks alone. Indoor pollution is another problem that a home energy audit can help solve. The average American home creates more pollution than the average car. A home energy audit pinpoints exactly where a home is losing money through energy inefficiency and provides homeowners with the information they need to go about rectifying the issues.

Whether attending the Oakland/Piedmont Home Energy Forum or not, homeowners should know that contractors can be contacted to provide free estimates, both for home energy audits and for renovations that will save them money on heating and cooling costs, save energy and make their homes immediately feel more comfortable.

Attendees of the Oakland/Piedmont Home Energy Forum will have the opportunity to hear from a Rockridge homeowner who has been through the energy audit and upgrade process. The event is sponsored by the City of Oakland, the City of Piedmont and the not-for-profit organization Greening Oakland Homes. The Rockridge Library is located at 5366 College Avenue in Oakland.