November 2006 Edition 

High Energy Bills

Our energy bills are out of sight. How can we obtain an energy audit?           
According to Jackson EMC, a Right Choice High Tech Audit can help you reduce energy bills, increase comfort and improve air quality. The Right Choice High Tech Audit offers an advanced home test and assessments of your home's performance.            
The testing process includes a list of recommendations that a contractor can perform to make your home a Right Choice. There is a charge for this test, but Jackson EMC offers a rebate to its customers for part of the costs. Members will also receive another rebate after a certified contractor performs the repair work. Once the repairs are complete, your home will qualify for the lower Energy Advantage rate. Only members with electric heat qualify for this special rate.
Audit
How Does the Right Choice High Tech Audit Work? 
Step 1: 
If you have high energy bills, rooms that are too hot or cold, moisture problems or excessive dust, call on us for a comprehensive home performance test.  
Step 2: 
A residential marketing representative will provide you with a list of certified Right Choice contractors. 
Step 3: 
Schedule your Right Choice High Tech Audit. Items checked during every assessment include:
• Insulation levels for all building components
•  Window types
• Air leakage pathways using the blower door test
• Efficiencies in heating, cooling, and water heating equipment
• Duct system efficiencies with flow hoods and/or a duct blaster test
• Ventilation systems (dryer, kitchen range, bath exhausts)
• Moisture management components (crawlspace vapor barrier, gutters, yard slope)
• Indoor water fixtures (toilets, showerheads)
• Test for the possibility of back drafting when gas-burning appliances are inside the home  
Step 4: 
After the assessment, the contractor provides you with a prioritized list of recommendations and a list of participating contractors that can do the work to improve your home's energy efficiency.  
Step 5: 
You may select a contractor to make heating and air, insulation, or other recommended improvements. To qualify for a Right Choice Improved Home, you must use one of the participating contractors for repairs. After the work is completed, your home will undergo follow-up diagnostic tests to compare results to the original tests. If your home passes the testing process, it will be listed as a Right Choice Improved Home.
What are common improvements a home may need?
• Installing additional insulation
• Air sealing
• Sealing or replacing the duct system
• Replacing the heating and cooling equipment
• Addressing crawlspace or basement moisture issues.
Step 6: 
Members with electric heat qualify for the special Energy Advantage rate once a home is listed as a Right Choice Improved Home.           
For more information on the Right Choice High Tech Audit, call 800-462-3691. Ask to be transferred to the Jackson EMC office nearest you, and then ask to speak with a residential marketing representative. 
Source: http://jacksonemc.com/checkup/ 
For a free in-home energy audit from Georgia Power’s energy consultants, call 1-800-524-2421. Or to request an energy audit now, go to their website at http://www.southerncompany.com/gapower/ 

On Line Energy Audit

In as little as five minutes you can learn how you can save money on energy at home. Just take Georgia Power’s Energy Check Up.
Outlet
Log In and Go  
Your Georgia Power account information will be used, so you will need to log in. (New users will have to register, too, but it only takes a minute.)  
Two Options  
EZ Check Up is fastest. It makes likely assumptions about your home in order to reduce entry time. Full Check Up is most accurate. Both give you a full report.  
Credibility
Reports are based on formulas that consider your energy usage (from your electric bills), your Check Up responses, and a few general assumptions about energy use. Results are estimates, the more exact your responses, the more accurate you can get.  
How much juice? 
Also try the Energy Calculator to estimate how much energy it takes to run home electronics and appliances.
Source: http://www.southernco.com/gapower/residential/energy.asp?mnuOpco=gpc&mnuType=res&mnuItem=ea  

If you have a question, change of address, comment, home tip or would like to send Home Tips to your clients, send your letter to Home Tips, Christian Building Inspectors, Inc., 3697 Habersham Lane, Duluth, Georgia 30096. You can E-Mail your questions to us at rodharrison@christianbuildinginspectors.com. We reserve the right to edit questions for length. 


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Irv Kupcinet 


A Tip Of The Hat To:

Pat Sabin

Re/Max of Atlanta

1948 Day Drive

Duluth, Georgia 30096

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