Home energy audit now can save homeowners ice dam problems this winter

Eliminate the problem of ice dams before it reappears this season. Ice dams form when hot air escapes into improperly air-sealed attics. A visit from the Community Energy Services pros can identify if hot air is escaping—the culprit to creating ice dams—and can suggest proper attic insulation and air sealing. Icicles, although festive, can be costing homeowners thousands of dollars in damage, and they are preventable!

Minneapolis homeowners can also discover ways to save energy that will leave more money in their pockets. Homeowners can attend a one-hour energy presentation, schedule a one-on-one home energy visit and receive $400 in services and materials for just $30. Thousands of Minneapolis homeowners have already participated and have improved their homes’ energy efficiency for minimal costs.

Attending a free energy workshop qualifies homeowners for a home visit from a team of energy pros. They will:

The program also provides:

The Community Energy Savings program is available for owner-occupied, one to four unit properties in the city of Minneapolis. Scholarships are available for qualified participants. For information on upcoming workshops in your neighborhood, contact Ashley Robertson at (612) 335-5869 or arobertson@mncee.org or visit www.mnces.org.

The program is a collaboration with the City of Minneapolis and the Center for Energy and Environment. The pilot program has already reached 59 neighborhoods and over 4,500 homeowners. The goal is to reach 6,000 total homeowners, saving $762,000 in energy costs annually and reducing CO2 emissions by more than 5,000 tons per year. The program is funded, in part, by a $705,000 grant the City received from the Department of Energy through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The City of Minneapolis has an eco-focused goal, embracing sustainability to support the city’s quality of life now and in the future. For information on Minneapolis’ sustainability initiatives, visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/sustainability.

Nov. 3, 2011

Published Nov 3, 2011