Home Energy Audit Workshop - Sunday November 8
You’re invited to the Healthy Planet Series
Home Energy Audit Workshop
SAVE MONEY AND REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING
Attend and have a chance to win a free home energy audit
Sunday November 8, 2009 at 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park , IL
This educational presentation will describe an action plan for making your home more energy efficient. A fully implemented home energy savings plan may save 30% of your utility bills. A typical home energy audit requires a team of two energy inspectors 4 to 5 hours starting at $500. Attend this workshop and register for a chance to win a free home energy audit.
Scientists overwhelmingly agree that human activity is warming the earth. Heat is being trapped in a layer of “greenhouse gases,” including carbon dioxide, produced by the fossil fuels we use, including those fuels we use to heat and cool our homes. The Home Energy Audit will pinpoint how to save energy and money, and in so doing will reduce your “carbon footprint.” Come on November 8, 2009 and find out how you can reduce your carbon footprint, save money, and register for a chance to win a free home energy audit.
John Porterfield, eZing Principal - 34 years experience in high performance building design, testing, modeling, and verification; participated in designing Energy Star certification for residences; author of How to House Doctor (1982); helped adopt the 2003 Chicago Energy Code; degrees in Economics and Architecture.
Cheryl Pomeroy, eZing Principal – 19 years experience in the building trades, licensed home inspector; on Board of Directors for the Northern Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors; performed hundreds of home energy surveys.
Healthy snacks will be provided. To qualify for the drawing, make a suggested donation of $10. Please come and invite friends, coworkers, neighbors and family members – people you want as partners in making a difference.
WHEN: Sunday November 8, 2009
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Unity Temple , 875 Lake Street , Oak Park , IL
To qualify for the drawing, make a suggested donation of $10
Please RSVP by October 30, 2009 to Jim Haried at mjharied@...
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Event Sponsors: Power of 10 and Unity Temple
Home Energy Smart
Cut through misperceptions about energy performance! Sure, lower energy consumption is “a good
thing to do.” Don’t let “good” distract you from doing the smart money thing:
“Cash In” your Utility Bill. Cut expenses. The income released from utility bills has much higher
yield (look for 8% to 80% annual yield) than most Berkshire Hathaways.
Hedge. Can you “second guess” future utility costs and pre-purchase ("hedge" against energy price runup)?
OK, a portion of your present utility expense can be nailed down now— consumption and waste
that can be replaced by less costly efficiency. “Hedge fund growth” (yours) results from higher costs of
energy you have avoided. Efficiency is the most reliable protection from energy costs.
Leverage. Most people who say “I don’t have the money to take advantage of efficiency.” True,
perhaps, but why use your funds? Leveraging: using available financing (other people’s money) to
improve your income. For energy financing available from local lenders see
http://www.resnet.us/ratings/mortgages/default.htm. An ‘energy rating,’ (explained at RESNET site)
presents the “package” of improvements that yield expected utility savings in excess of the loan
payment. Financing is available on the condition that you will gain immediate income.
It’s Your Net Worth. Efficient houses have higher sales value, a whopping $10 to $20 for each $1
reduction in annual utility bills. See the study of 4,500 home transactions, from The Appraisal Journal,
at www.natresnet.org/ratings/overview/resources/appraisal/default.htm. Efficiency
increases wealth. “Payback” weighs the merit of a “wasting” asset—an asset whose value vanishes. In
fact, when carefully selected, the value of efficiency upgrades exceeds cost. And serious efficiency
work usually lasts indefinitely. For efficiency, figure net worth and tax-free income, not payback.
Secure. Enhance an asset you hold title to.
Flexible. You select the amount, target return, and time schedule of efficiency work.
Tax Credits (direct reduction of your Federal tax) for homeowners, residential construction, and
commercial property are described at www.energytaxincentives.org
“There’s no money in it.” goes way beyond misperception—it’s flatly untrue. And You Don’t Have to
Wait. Every interesting thing above follows from your action.
You might think new construction or rehab must conform to Best Practices for durability, safety, health,
etc. Energy best practices do improve property in other ways; however do not assume “new” means best
practices. And “good practice” is not good enough. Best practices for air sealing, for instance, block
routes of smoke and fire spread. Best air seal practices can fire safe and help isolate smoke odor.
Healthy Living is the result of insulation and air seal practices that keep moisture and mold outdoors.
While we might expect healthy living in a new home; recent “mold” settlements were paid to owners of
new houses. Heating equipment installed and controlled in a way that eliminates carbon monoxide being
produced indoors makes your CO detector precautionary rather than essential.
Durability can be enhanced by controlling moisture. Efficient appliances are often more rugged.
Every action that reduces energy use reduces demand for energy suppliers. Helpful
when prices tell us it’s a “sellers market.” Every reduction helps to stabilize price – you benefit along with
every person. Every action that reduces electricity demand improves reliability of the “wires” network and
helps to eliminate power plants before they are built. True, by reducing your energy use you help create a
cleaner environment, a healthier economy, and, perhaps, a safer world . . . AND you’re money-smart. All
Positive Outcomes are Received Bundled as a Package.
The first step? “Stop guessing.” Survey your use for opportunities to reduce. Have an energy survey
for the same reason you would seek the most reliable information before committing to an investment.
Energy use and waste is most often invisible, so eZing will bring problem detection equipment to bear. We
also get the ‘low-down’ on comfort, such as where and when you feel discomfort. This helps us assemble a
“game plan” to address your particular and overall objectives. You receive our findings, suggested
corrections, and strategies for improvement, in conversation and in writing.
 Drawing for a free home energy audit for up to 2,500 sq. feet and one HVAC unit.