One of the most important things you should understand, if you have a Prescott heating and cooling project, is how to make APS and UniSource work for you. Both of these Arizona utilities are offering up to $2,820 in rebates to make energy efficiency improvements to your home. The rebates are for leaky duct work, missing insulation, compromised air barriers, and inefficient heating and cooling systems, and they help offset the cost of repairing these problems.
At Advantage Home Performance we have had customers who have had up to 72% of their heating and cooling upgrades paid by their utility company. The improvements associated with these rebates will typically reduce your monthly utility bill by anywhere from 10% – 20%. At Advantage Home Performance we believe the audit program is a home run for the homeowner.
At Advantage Home Performance we have had customers receive up to 72% of the cost of the heating and cooling upgrades paid for by their utility companies. The improvements associated with these rebates will typically reduce your monthly utility bill by anywhere from 10% – 20%. At Advantage Home Performance we believe the audit program is a home run for the homeowner.
In my experience performing energy audits and inspections in Prescott over the past twenty years, it’s fair to say over 90% of homes would be eligible for some rebates because leaky ductwork and missing insulation are the rule and not the exception. Most Prescott builders don’t pay enough attention to duct systems, insulation and air barriers. However, if your home has low utility bills compared to your neighbors and is extremely comfortable, this program is not a fit for you because rebate programs are designed for homes that have genuine problems.
At Advantage Home Performance we make the audit rebate process easy for our Prescott customers because we typically start with a free in-home consultation, which we call a visual audit. This visual audit usually takes several hours because our BPI (Building Performance Institute) auditor inspects your whole home. The auditor will tell you what building defects he finds in your home, what the cost of repairs will be, and how much in rebates your home is eligible for to offset the costs. As a homeowner, you now have the information to decide if you want to participate in the program.
A simple example of a heating and cooling upgrade would be a house with deficient attic insulation. If Advantage Home Performance provides a quote to bring your insulation up to an R-38 and repair the air barrier for $2,245, you would be eligible for an APS rebate of $250 and UniSource rebates for insulation and air sealing totaling $800. In this instance, your utilities would be paying a total of $1,050 or 47% of the cost of your energy improvements. To collect these rebates you have to participate in the utilities audit.
If you decide to proceed forward with the energy improvements, we are required by the utility companies to perform a state-of-the-art energy audit which will cost you $99. The actual value of this audit is much closer to $700 given the amount of time invested into the process from testing and analysis. Our auditors bring about $10,000 worth of diagnostic equipment into your Prescott home to perform this audit. The audit and the accompanying oversight by the utilities third-party inspectors has been put in place to ensure that participating contractors perform a thorough diagnosis of your home and that there is no abuse of the program.
Advantage Home Performance makes the audit process easy for our Prescott customers because we are a one stop shop for audits and all repairs. Our specialized in-house crews install heating and cooling systems, seal ductwork, perform air sealing, insulate, and more. You deal directly with one company and no sub-contractors. We also provide the added benefit of processing the rebate paper work and permit our customers to take the rebates right off our invoice, so you don’t have to wait for rebates to be mailed to you.
At Advantage Home Performance we have had hundreds of customers take advantage of these utility rebates and they are delighted with the end result. We invite you to watch our short videos titled “What to Expect: Audit and Services” or “Our Customers Say it Best.”