There is no lack of variety of housing types in the City of Phoenix. Phoenix neighborhoods include the idyllic Arcadia District, the lively Camelback Corridor, the newly formed Lightrail Corridor and the beautiful historic district to name a few. In addition to a great weatherization program, The City of Phoenix has developed a new Energy Efficiency program, Energize Phoenix. The City of Phoenix is offering huge cash incentives to make your home more energy efficient. Energize Phoenix is a large scale rebate program for residents who live along the Lightrail Corridor. Residents receive APS-matching rebates from the City of Phoenix and for qualifying residents, a 60% Federal grant with no upper limit is available to fund efficiency upgrades like energy efficient AC units and furnaces, duct sealing, air sealing, shade screens and insulation. If you live along the Lightrail Corridor, Energize Phoenix is making going green as easy with little upfront money, reduced utility bills and a more comfortable home. There has never been a better time to go green
1. Have a home energy audit performed to identify the largest sources of energy waste.
2. Your Energize Phoenix approved contractor will walk you through each recommendation, its costs and offsetting rebates and cash incentives available through APS and Energize Phoenix.
3. Complete and submit the Energize Phoenix paperwork and your Energize Phoenix contractor will complete any work you requested and facilitate the rebates on your behalf.
Rebates are available upon 6-8 weeks of completion of install and include the following.
- 10 free CFLs
- 2 free low flow faucet aerators
- 1 free low flow showerhead
- 1 free low flow kitchen sink aerator
- Home energy audit - discounted to $99
- Duct sealing - 75% off net costs up to $250 rebate per HVAC system from APS; matching rebates up to $250 from the City of Phoenix
- Air sealing - $250 rebate from APS; matching rebates up to $250 from the City of Phoenix
- R-38 insulation - 75% off net costs up to $250 rebate from APS; matching rebates up to $250 from the City of Phoenix
- Shade screens - $1 per sq ft rebate up to $250 from APS; matching rebates up to $250 from the City of Phoenix
- High efficiency AC units and furnaces - $175 to $525 rebate from APS; matching rebates up to $525 from the City of Phoenix
For more information see Energize Phoenix's homepage and AZ Home Performance With Energy Star's Program with APS.
(1) Reduce your energy consumption –whether it is turning off power strips at night, setting back the water heater temperature or closing the blinds during the summertime, small changes in your habits can make a big difference.
(2) Make your house more energy efficient – you can make your home more efficient, comfortable and healthy without having to change your lifestyle through efficiency steps. Have a certified energy auditor perform an energy audit to be sure.
(3) Read your electric bill–no, no, seriously READ IT – APS, SRP or TEP all have self-tests you can take to check that you are on the correct rate structure depending on your lifestyle. This is especially important in the summer time when on-peak hours are more than triple the rates of winter rates.
(4) Assess your site and roof – this is a service all solar companies should perform before you talk about having it installed on your home.
(5) Assess your finances – if you decide to finance your PV system and have bad credit, it may be better to look at having an energy audit done and performing efficiency upgrades first, which cost less and have quicker payback times than solar.
See also Before Going Solar, Ask Yourself This...
Don’t get me wrong, I love solar power and energy independence, but if you answer yes to two of the following three questions, going solar without fixing a potential major construction defect is like driving a Prius with a hole in its gas tank.
1. Do I have rooms with different temperatures than the rest of the house?
2. Is my AC/furnace system cycling on and off frequently (more than 3 times an hour)?
3. Is my highest energy bill more than $100 / 1,000 square feet?
Did you pass the test? If not chances are that there is a major construction defect in your home that is the cause of high bills and uneven room temperatures. These may be caused by duct leakage, insulation misalignments or an HVAC service issue. Having a home energy audit done will identify and fix common defects and inefficiencies that most homeowners experience.
1. Power down or unplug computers, TV, cell phone chargers while at work or during the night
2. Use a laptop rather than your desktop
3. Open all vents in your home to prevent static pressure build-up and decreased AC efficiency
4. Wrap your water heater and all accessible hot and cold pipes in an insulating blanket or wrap
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