Energy Efficiency

Energy Saving Program in Kentucky Saves Homeowners Big Bucks.

As a very hot summer comes to a close, heating your home may be the last thing on your mind.  But with winter coming (for my fellow GOT fans) I’ve got some great news for you.  There is a little known program available that can save you a lot of money.  How does a 20% savings on your utility bill sound?  But hurry, the clock is ticking…

From the KHP website: KY Home Performance is a partnership between Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC), Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), and Kentucky Finance Administration Cabinet.  With support from DEDI, the Finance Administration Cabinet, utility and other partners, KHC administers the program.  Together, certified industry professionals will perform a comprehensive energy evaluation, make the necessary improvements you approve, and perform a quality assurance evaluation to verify the quality of the work to help protect your home investment. 

What does all that mean?  It’s simple really.  All KY home owners are eligible for great financing or cash back rebates for energy improvements done to their home.  The program does have a few stipulations that your home must meet before you can take full advantage of it.

  • Air Sealing –  Hot air moves to cold air, that’s just how it works.  So you have to make sure you stop the unwanted air flow between conditioned spaces (that’s a fancy way of saying air that you pay money to heat or cool.)  Keep the hot air inside (winter), keep it out (summer).
  • Duct Sealing – Sealing your ducts to keep the air that you paid good money to heat/cool is a must.  You’ll be shocked to know how much air your house leaks out everyday.  It’s literally sucking money out of your home.
  • Insulation – To take advantage of this remarkable program, you have to have a certain level of insulation in your home.

If your home doesn’t meet the minimum numbers, getting them up to the standard must be part of the scope of work done to your home.  And in all reality, these are the most important things you can do.  They are relatively cheap, and they make the biggest difference.  It’s all about return on investment (ROI).

How does it work? 

Your first step is bring in a BPI-Certified Building Analyst.  There are only a few, like me, that have been selected to be part of the KHP program.  The initial analysis will determine what steps you need to take to save money.  It’s called a Test-In.

With specialized tools like a digital blower door, thermal imaging camera, pressure pan, and combustion analyzer, I’ll put your home through the ringer.  The blower door is the meat and potatoes of the audit.  It’s more or less a big, powerful, digitally controlled box fan that mounts in an exterior door.  It sucks all the air out of the house, creating a negative pressure inside.  Since mother nature doesn’t like this, she will constantly try to equalize this pressure difference.  This will make all the leaks amplified and much easier to find.

The fact is that unless you have a 25 year old furnace and air conditioner, a new HVAC unit is typically not the best place to put your money.  Air sealing and insulation give you the biggest bang for you buck.  Most homeowners see a positive return within just a few short years.  And the best part is that it doesn’t go away.  If you have it done correctly the first time, it will still perform 20 years from now.

Fixing the Problem.

Once the test-in has been completed, you must have a KHP qualified contractor perform the work that has been recommended to be eligible for the awesome incentives.  You have two options; an unbelievable low interest rate loan of 3.9% fixed for 10 years, or a cash back rebate of 20%, up to $2,000.00.  Yeah, you read that correctly, 20% discount for using a KHP contractor.  Incredible right?

Once the work is done, a third-party BPI guy will come out and perform a Test-out.  It’s this guy’s job to make sure the work was done correctly, and the contractor who performed the work is held to the highest standards.  That’s the beauty of the whole program. You as the home owner know that you will be getting top notch work completed, because every contractor is pre-screened, and a pro.

I’m ready to get started.

If you are ready to save money and live more comfortably, your first step is an KHP-BA analyst.  The cost for the initial analysis ranges from $200-$600.  The cost depends on the size of the home.  However, KHP has stepped up again and is offering the first 1,000 homes a cash back rebate of $150.00 toward the cost of the Test-In.  So, you get a huge discount on the audit as well.  There is absolutely no commitment.  You have every right to have the Test-In done, and go no further with the program.  You still get the $150.00.

Give us a call @ 502-938-5190 to get more info on KHP, and how we can help you.  Remember, the clock is ticking.  The free money and financing is going to end in early 2012.  Don’t drag you feet on this one.

 

 

 

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Ben Hendricks

owner at ABI Home Services
Hi, I'm Ben, and I inspect houses.I grew up with a hammer in my hand, and have been a professional home inspector for 10 years.My blog is here for info about Home Inspections around the Louisville KY area, and just about anything construction related.
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