Conserving energy helps save our earth’s natural resources. However, it’s also cost-efficient for homeowners. There are so many little things around the house that might make your house less energy efficient. Some of these you may not even realize, such as holes around pipes, loose seals in windows, and spaces between the door and jamb. Here are some ways to conserve energy in your California home and how California programs can help you save money.
Weatherization Assistance Program
The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) partners with local energy service providers to offer a cost-effective energy savings initiative for homeowners.
The Weatherization Assistance Program offers assistance with:
- Insulation Inspection
- Hot Water Heater Repair or Replacement
- Crack and Hole Repairs for Windows, Doors, and Pipes
- Window Replacement
- Heating and Air Cooling Tests
The hope of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to lower costs for homeowners while cutting carbon emissions across the state. Applicants must meet a set of energy usage and income requirements. Cases are prioritized by necessity. Households with compromised immune systems (such as elderly, young children, and people with an illness) will be moved ahead on the list.
Clean Energy Initiatives
There are many green initiatives throughout the country. Currently, the state of California has 218. These energy-saving measures include rebates on greener appliances, such as washing machines, hot water tanks, and solar panels. You can search the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) to see if you meet eligibility requirements for any programs.
What’s excellent about DSIRE is there are programs for all types of building owners. If you have a municipal building, multi-family complex, or just a one-family home, there are savings out there for you. Just take a moment to browse the database and call to see if your home is eligible for any of the initiatives that catch your eye.
Another excellent option that offers you a lot more flexibility is Renovate America. This program specializes in replacing windows and doors to keep energy costs down. They have a large selection of options to choose from in terms of color and style of doors and windows.
What we love about Renovate America is they use local contractors. These contractors are fully insured. This peace of mind also comes at a competitive price. Renovate America offers a couple of financing plans. Interest is low and, in some cases, might be tax-deductible.
While this program doesn’t offer as many savings as the other two grants and programs, Renovate America still makes it easier for the average person to become energy efficient.