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Get a rebate of up to $1,200 for participating in Columbia Water & Light's Home Performance with Energy Star program. Several aspects of your home are covered with this program, including the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system, duct work, insulation, windows and infiltration. Participants have seen a 29% reduction in their utility bills. Plus you will receive a FREE energy efficiency score certificate for participating in the program!
SURVEY: Do you want money to get rid of your extra refrigerator?
Is your house drafty?
Do you have rooms that are too hot or too cold?
Are your utility bills too high?
Before you start expensive upgrades, consider a systematic approach with Home Performance.
This program is available to qualified Columbia Water & Light residential electric customers who are remodeling their homes to be more energy efficient. Home Performance program parameters must be followed to qualify for rebates and a Home Performance Loan.
To see if this program could help you, complete the Home Energy Yardstick assessment which is listed under the Home Improvement section at www.energystar.gov. If you have a score of 5 or less, your home could benefit from the Home Performance program.
Participating local contractors are certified by the Building Performance Institute to evaluate your home using state-of-the-art equipment. Our Home Performance Contractors are trained in a “whole-house” approach of inspecting and testing that allows them to identify and evaluate energy-efficient improvements using recognized building science concepts. The assessment can cost from $250 to $400. If you are approved, you can cover the cost of the assessment with our low interest loan program. Download the list of Certified Home Performance Contractors in our area.
Columbia Water & Light is offering qualified electric customers rebates up to $1,200 for home improvements and up to $1,600 for high-efficiency air conditioners or heat pumps. Rebates will be finalized after the post assessment by the utility has been completed. You can also get a low interest loan for most of the energy efficiency improvements suggested in the assessment.
Sealing Air Leaks and Adding Insulation: Many air leaks in homes are fairly obvious, such as around windows, doors, and electrical outlets. But others, like those in attics, around chimneys, and through recessed lighting fixtures, are often the more significant sources of energy loss in a home. Sealing air leaks is critical to improving the overall efficiency of your home and will make your heating and cooling system perform better. Along with air sealing, your contractor may recommend that you add insulation. Many older homes are not well-insulated, and some have no insulation at all. Properly installed insulation in walls, floors, and attics provides for more even temperatures throughout the house and results in a quieter, more comfortable living environment that is easier to heat and cool.
Sealing Duct Work: Many homes have leaky duct work and poor air flow, resulting in stuffy and uncomfortable rooms — regardless of the thermostat setting. The home performance contractor may recommend sealing your home’s ducts with mastic, metal tape or spray-on sealant, and balancing the duct system to optimize air flow to all rooms. Insulating duct work in attics, crawl spaces, and some basements can also help to ensure that your home will be more comfortable.
Improving Heating and Cooling Systems: If your furnace or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, your contractor may recommend that you replace it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label. Installed correctly, these high-efficiency units can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs. But when it comes to heating and cooling equipment, bigger is not always better. A properly-sized unit will make your home more comfortable by providing more consistent temperatures and better humidity control. The contractor should also test combustion equipment, such as your furnace and hot water heater, to ensure that it is operating and venting properly.
Upgrading Lighting and Appliances: Energy used for lighting and appliances can account for half of your home's total utility bill. As a result, the home performance contractor may recommend ENERGY STAR qualified products, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, electronic equipment, light fixtures, and compact fluorescent bulbs. An energy- and water-efficient hot water heating system may also be recommended. Once you have taken steps to increase your home's efficiency, you may also want to consider adding renewable energy systems, such as solar electric (photovoltaic) or solar hot water, to further reduce your utility bills.
Columbia Water & Light is responsible for ensuring that participating contractors maintain high standards for quality. We provide specialized training for contractors and we conduct quality assurance inspections to verify that Home Performance with ENERGY STAR projects get done right.
For more information please see our detailed sheet on the steps for participation
Click here to download the Home Performance with Energy Star program policies.
This program falls under Columbia Ordinance - Chapter 27, Section 27-166
|General information on this page is from the Energy Star web site. Sponsors of the program are the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Columbia Water & Light.|