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Energy Audits Done Along With Home Inspections


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BETHESDA, MD, April 20, 2007

WORLD-WIRE-- With global climate change and increasingly high fuel and electricity prices threatening, many Americans are scrambling to find ways to reduce the pressure on their pocketbook and the planet. As a homeowner or home buyer, your first step should be to get a home energy audit that will provide you with a clear path to improving the energy efficiency of your home. An energy-efficient home is more comfortable and more valuable, and in most cases, the lower utility bills will more than pay for the investment.

The new Home Tune-uP® is an energy audit performed by trained Home Inspectors - not by contractors trying to sell you their services. The Home Tune-uP® is less expensive and more available than most other energy audits, even though it provides more details and more energy savings opportunities. When done at the time of a home inspection, the Home Tune-uP® energy audit adds about 25% to the cost of the inspection.

What does a homeowner get from a Home Tune-uP®?

"A detailed blueprint showing how to upgrade the energy efficiency of the house, including the installed cost and energy savings for each recommendation," according to Doris Iklé, President and Founder of CMC Energy Services. When combined with a new simplified financing instrument, FHA’s Streamlined (k) loan, homeowners will see greater reductions to their monthly energy bill than their loan payments. In addition, many of the upgrades will qualify for substantial federal and local tax credits and rebates.

The typical home can reduce energy usage by 25% after a Home Tune-uP®, lowering energy bills by at least $450 per year. In fact, if every home in the country reduced their energy use by 25%, the total U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) contribution would be reduced by 5%, or 84 million metric tons annually. This would reduce global CO2 emissions by over 1%, according to U.S. Department of Energy data, which is equivalent to removing 18 million cars from the road.

The net result to you as a homeowner: a more comfortable home that emits less greenhouse gases and reduced energy bills that more than cover the cost of any associated loans.

To find a home inspector or for more information about energy audits, visit www.hometuneup.com.


Carl Schlemmer

530 758-8605


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