I’ll write more about the details in another post, but it occurred to me that many, if not most houses could get a payback. If someone like me (obsessive, crazy) failed to take this simple step for at least 5 years, there’s something wrong. Here are some of the things I think need to happen:
- The rapid payback opportunity should be promoted more visibly;
- It should be a lot easier to find the companies that do this kind of service in your area;
- If there’s a tax incentive, I don’t know about it, but there should be;
- Utilities should have an incentive to promote this kind of action, and even do no-cost financing of the audit cost;
- There should be a good, current, easily accessible registry of contractors and “finder” tool on the EnergyStar site;
- There should be some certification for contractors who can do the audits, as well as those who can do mitigation; and
- Everyone should know that it’s easy, quick, low-cost, and has no downsides!
And probably a few others.
I watch, read and listen to many energy conservation articles. They’re all good, but they tend to be laundry-lists. When it comes to houses there are scores of things that can be done and I suspect people listen, nod along, then maybe do a couple things here and there. Wouldn’t it be cool if there were a single “valet service” that would negotiate all of this stuff for homeowners?
I would certainly respond to a message that said “Want to save $300 dollars a year? We’ll come to your house and take a quick look around. If we find opportunities to save we can arrange to have all the work done. There are many simple changes that will cost little or nothing and save you big bucks on your energy bills, and help save the planet while you’re at it!”