The New Non-Profit in Town that Can Assess Your Home Energy Shortcomings and Save You Money

Being an energy geek of sorts (having graduated from UCD eons ago with a degree in renewable natural resources), I've been thinking of ways to live more lightly on the earth for decades. I have also tracked, with concern, the wave of solar panel companies coming into the market over the past years offering huge systems and questionable financing. While this shift in attitude toward conservation and mindfulness is a step in the right direction, I worry about the level of fact-based information and financial traps for interested consumers out there.

Enter CHERP.  CHERP, The Community Home Energy Retrofit Project, is a non-profit poised to assist homeowners in getting an energy assessment on their home FIRST (as it should be). Some of the best home improvements cost almost nothing, but you would never know this if you were approached by a goal-oriented salesperson first about “upgrading” your home. For example, once you know that air transfer is happening around your doors or windows, or that there isn't any functioning insulation in a wall or the attic, you can do the most cost efficient fix.  Next comes the big upgrades like dual pane (or triple pane) windows and solar.

CHERP works closely with a local vendor who supports this model, but you can use any contractor you want. You will just want to make sure that your contractor is certified to get you the most desirable tax credits and rebates available. 

There will be a local training by CHERP on August 17, 7-8:30 p.m at the Woodland Library Leake Room. If you attend, they will give you $300 off of a $349 energy assessment for your home. If you don't want to wait until then, I'm sure you could attend a training in another location. 

Improving your home's efficiency will make life more comfortable and will save you money in the long-term. The bonus is, you'll be helping the earth as well.