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Most of us have heard by now of the importance of reducing our Carbon Footprint. Carbon Footprint is the term used to describe the total amount of greenhouse gases that an individual or group emits. Carbon footprints are measured in metric tons per year. Globally the average is about 5 tons per person. In Europe it’s about 10 tons per person and in the United States it’s 19 tons per person.
Our good friends at SMUD are making it even easier to make your home more comfortable this winter while saving you money too.
On top of their generous rebate program, they have reduced their interest rate from 10.75% to 5.5%! This rate is only available for projects in the Home Performance Program. As with any loan program there are certain conditions that apply. The maximum loan amount is $20,000 and you have your choice of loan terms from 12 months to 120 months. This gives you the opportunity in many cases to match your loan payment with the expected savings on your utility bills, making the goal of a comfortable and safe home easily within reach.
Here is a great video that gives an overview of home performance and what to expect during an energy assessment.
As a Home Performance with Energy Star contractor Sacramento Building Performance has the experience and training to make your home more comfortable, lower your energy costs and get you the maximum rebate available!
It's a new year and SMUD has upgraded their Home Performance Program to make it even easier for you to take advantage of generous rebates when making your home comfortable and energy efficient.
Previous programs relied on a sliding scale based on how well a project met certain targets for duct and building shell leakage etc. While there are still minimum targets that have to be met, the threshold is a easier to reach. The new program takes a prescriptive approach. In other words if you do certain items on the list you receive a set amount of money. It takes the uncertainty out of the process.
I came home the other night after a hard days work to the pleasing aroma of the roast my lovely wife had in the oven. In contrast, my ears were assaulted by the sound of the smoke alarm blaring. There was no visible smoke, the roast wasn't burnt, but the alarm still continued to sound it's warning of a non existent threat. At least until I hit the hush button. In the old days I would have removed the battery temporarily. I know better than that now. A smoke alarm without a battery is the same as no alarm at all. Still this wasn't the first time this had happened. Since I'm quite partial to roast beef but prefer to enjoy it in peace, I decided to do a little research to find out if there might be a better option than our current smoke alarm.
When most people purchase a new home, they’re not thinking about how it will suit their lifestyle as they grow older. As we age, many of us don’t realize or want to admit that our homes don’t meet our evolving needs. Performing routine tasks can prove challenging as a result of an injury or simply a decline in physical ability. We can change our routines to avoid obstacles but that is a short term solution. Integrating Universal Design into a remodeling project or installing individual features can benefit people of all ages and abilities.
You may have heard that utility rebates for energy upgrades went away at the end of March.
The rebates SMUD has available have been reduced, but you can still be eligible for up to $4000!
In addition the PG&E rebates for both electric and gas customers have remained the same and also max out at $4000!
These rebate programs will continue through the summer months and possibly longer.
The opportunity is still here and the time to act is now to take advantage of it!
PowerSaver, an FHA guaranteed loan program specifically for home energy upgrades has begun lending in Sacramento.
Utility companies along with government agencies have long promoted the benefits to property owners of energy efficiency and renewables. The Energy Upgrade California Program is just one example. Many Sacramento residents have taken advantage of this generous rebate program to make their homes more comfortable and lower their utility bills.
But what if a homeowner wants to make their home energy efficient but doesn't have the funds to cover the upfront costs? That's where a financing option like PowerSaver can help. Existing rebate programs through SMUD and PGE combined with monthly utility savings, will allow many homeowners to defray a major portion of the costs of an energy upgrade.