Many people want to reduce their energy use, but aren’t sure where to start. That’s why the Cities of Spokane and Spokane Valley, and Spokane County have teamed-up with Avista to launch a pilot program to offer professional home energy audits to qualifying residents living within Spokane County. These audits provide specific recommendations that will help homeowners make informed decisions about actions they can take to help save energy and money in the long run.
The three local governments have contributed a total of nearly $700,000 to support the audit program from federal funds each received through the Washington Department of Commerce’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. Avista is matching the funds as part of its ongoing energy efficiency initiative. Together, these funds will help offset a large portion of the cost for a professional home energy audit for qualifying residents of Spokane County.
Under the program, certified auditors will conduct a physical inspection of a home and its major appliances. The auditors will also perform a series of diagnostic tests to uncover ways homeowners can save energy. Windows, doors, insulation, furnace, ducts and vents will be checked as part of the comprehensive audit. Depending on the actions homeowners take, the benefits could include lower energy use, more comfortable living space, improved health and safety, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
The cost of the home energy audit depends upon a home’s location in Spokane County due to the various funding sources that have made this program possible. Residents can expect to pay between $150 and $325, an amount that’s 20 to 60 percent less than the typical comprehensive audit.
“The new home energy audit program puts Stimulus dollars to work for Spokane County residents to help them save energy and improve the environment – goals we all share,” said Roger Woodworth, Avista’s vice president of sustainable energy solutions. “We commend our partners for their part in building a program that will benefit participants and our community for years to come.”
The two-year pilot program is designed for single family homes, manufactured or mobile homes, and semi-detached duplex residencies located in Spokane County. Some individuals with low or limited incomes may qualify for additional funding help through Spokane Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP). While an audit does require an initial investment, the return on that investment could be energy savings every month for as long residents live in their homes.
Residents living in the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Spokane County can visit www.avistautilities.com/savings/inhomeaudit to learn if they qualify, and start the audit process.
Program Partner Statements
"The City of Spokane is pleased to offer our citizens the opportunity to receive a comprehensive energy audit. Reducing energy consumption at our homes is good for our environment and our wallets. Armed with practical information gained through these energy audits, citizens can take control of their energy usage, lowering their utility bills today and doing their part to ensure a healthy community for the future."
--Spokane Mayor Mary Verner
“This a great opportunity for home owners to identify problems and reduce their energy bills. In addition, the Home Energy Audit program will have a ripple effect and move the Spokane County economy forward as local businesses are hired to conduct the audits, make repairs and renovations.”
--Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager, District 3
“People in Spokane Valley know the value of a dollar. When they take advantage of this Home Energy Audit program, they’ll not only save on the cost of the audit, they’ll save on their energy bills by implementing the audit recommendations. That will reduce overall energy use and help save our environment.”
--Tom Towey, Spokane Valley Mayor
Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides electric service to 356,000 homes and businesses and natural gas to 316,000 homes and businesses in three Western states, serving more than 485,000 customers. Avista’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.
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