November 2008 Edition 

ENERGY STAR Home Assessment

With energy cost going up every year, we are ready to do whatever it  takes to make our home energy efficient. Where do we begin?
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Today’s energy-conscious homeowners are turning to Georgia Power — The Energy Expert®, for ways to better manage their home energy usage and lower their power bills. Homeowners are often faced with multiple home energy challenges including drafty windows and doors, rooms that fluctuate between being either too hot or too cold, and high humidity levels that can cause mold. 
A Comprehensive Approach           
A comprehensive approach to home energy efficiency improvement is what Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is all about. If you’re interested in improving your existing home energy performance or if you’re remodeling and renovat­ing your existing home this is a program for you. You can increase your homes energy efficiency, help reduce energy costs, improve overall indoor air quality, and create a more comfortable, healthier and safe home for your family. You’ll also be helping to protect the environment through energy conservation. 
Financial Incentives            
Financial incentives are available to help offset the cost of the assessment and the improvements. All incentives are subject to specific improvements meeting pre-determined Test-out requirements (post-diagnostic testing). Please discuss with your contractor for more details. View potential customer rebates. View potential customer rebates.
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Diagnosing the Problem           
Instead of guessing what the cause of any of your home’s performance problems are a qualified home performance contractors uses diagnostic equipment to test your home for problems and solutions. Rather than focusing on a single component, such as single-paned windows, an old air conditioning system, or leaky ductwork, a participating contractor will assess how improvements to all of these energy-related components and systems can work together more effec­tively. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR offers a holistic approach to creating a more energy efficient and healthy home environment. This will result in:  
• Fewer drafts
• Consistent temperatures across rooms
• Better ventilation and humidity control
• Lower utility bills
Home improvement contractors, certified by The Building Performance Institute, Inc., will perform a thorough whole-house Home Performance with ENERGY STAR assessment. Choosing a contractor qualified to work in Georgia Power’s home performance program will then provide you a complete cost effective report of improvements for your home and inform you of energy efficiency incentives.  
Energy Efficiency Improvement Services:  
• Energy efficient renovations, residential
• HVAC: equipment installation and maintenance
• Duct systems: installation, sealing and insulating 
• Crawl space encapsulation, moisture management
• Insulation and air sealing
• Replacement windows and doors
• Water heaters and water fixtures
• Energy efficient renovations
• Moisture intrusion analysis
• Lower utility bills
Selecting a Qualified Contractor           
Georgia Power recommends selecting a qualified contractor approved to participate as a Georgia Power Home Performance contractor. View participating contractors list. Whether you have problems with a drafty house or if you know your furnace or air conditioner needs to be replaced, a Home Performance contractor working through Georgia Power’s program will address your needs. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR can be beneficial for homes that: 
• Are drafty
• Have rooms that are too hot or too cold
• Have higher than normal energy bills
• Are in need of a new heating or air conditioning system
• Need replacement windows
• Need additional insulation
Nationally Recognized Program           
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is a nationally recognized program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Pro­tection Agency and Department of Energy. Local contractors participating in Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program can help you cost-effectively improve your home’s energy efficiency. These specially-trained contractors evaluate your home using state-of-the-art equipment and recommend comprehensive improvements that will yield the best results.  
Quality Assurance           
Participating local contractors must maintain high standards for quality. Contractors undergo specialized training and completed projects are subject to periodic quality assurance inspections to verify that Home Performance with ENERGY STAR projects get done right. 
Information
For more information on Home Performance with ENERGY STAR in your area, contact Georgia Power by E-mail or visit ENERGY STAR. Also, ask for a FREE in-home energy audit from Georgia Power. They will give you a 45 minute to 1 hour walk through of you home and will tell you ways to save energy. Just call 1-800-524-2421 
Source: http://www.georgiapower.com/energystar/home_performance.asp 

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Due To The Increase In Distribution Cost, We Will Be Discontinuing The Delivery Of Home Tips To Your Office At The End Of This Year.
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James A. Michner 


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Cindy Norton

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3910 Highway 81 SW

Loganville, Georgia 30052

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