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Earlier this year, EnergySavvy launched their online home energy audit tool, helping homeowners to pinpoint how they can improve the efficiency of their houses, find contractors, utilize rebates and other great services. The tool apparently caught on in a big way because now, entire programs are using EnergySavvy to help reach more people realize serious energy savings, choosing this service over even Google's PowerMeter and Microsoft's Hohm. EnergySavvy is helping big programs such as Utah Home Performance and Energy Trust of Oregon identify candidates for their services, which can include as much as $2,000 in rebates for making homes 20% more efficient. Utah Home Performance offers rebates up to $2,000 for homes that can achieve a total energy savings of 20% or more from an energy retrofit. The EnergySavvy tool is helping them find candidates. And Energy Trust of Oregon is using EnergySavvy as a self-serve pre-diagnosis tool to guide homeowners to the program's services and incentives. Many of these programs are running off of stimulus money, such as what is proposed with the Cash For Caulkers proposal. They're assisting homeowners in figuring out where to start when it comes to making improvements, and the tools at EnergySavvy are helping the programs streamline their services.
"Homeowners often don't know where to start regarding energy efficiency. We're honored to be launching our online audit tool with the Energy Trust of Oregon and with Utah Home Performance, both of which are run by industry leaders. We expect this tool will make it much easier for everyday homeowners to get a sense of their opportunities for energy efficiency gains as well as where to start," says Aaron Goldfeder, CEO, EnergySavvy.com.
Dozens of programs apparently already think so: "We've tried all the other online energy models, Google Powermeter, Microsoft Hohm, and Apogee; EnergySavvy is the best by far." Harold Simansky, Green Guild, LLC.
We like EnergySavvy's tool because it doesn't just provide no-brainer suggestions like "caulk around your windows" and "wrap your water heater" like so many websites. Rather, it gives a homeowner personalized information on what should be done around their house, then provides location-specific information on how they can save the most money through rebates and tax incentives as well as find reliable contractors to help them complete the work. It carries homeowners through the last mile, which makes a difference in how many people actually make the needed improvements.
Home energy audits are a huge money-saver, and some places are even requiring homes going on the real estate market to have an audit before being listed. Now that programs are catching on to the tool, even more people will be able to take advantage of incentives and, more importantly, reduce their energy consumption, which really is even more important than efficiency.
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