Residential energy use accounts for about 19 percent of total Kentucky energy consumption and, in 2009, cost Kentucky households about $3.14 million. Even modest efficiency improvements would have a significant cumulative impact on both consumer disposable income and reduction in pollution associated with the production, conversion, distribution and consumption of energy.
Home energy evaluations can uncover energy waste in the home and give homeowners and renters ideas on how to save money on utility bills.
Do-It-Yourself Audit Resources:
KY Home Performance (KHP) helps Kentucky homeowners save money and energy while improving the comfort of their homes with online tools, a network of certified home evaluators and contractors, and financial assistance in the form of rebates and low-interest loans.
Some of the utilities in Kentucky that offer energy audits are listed below. If your utility is not listed, please contact them directly.
A Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is a voluntary program to rate the energy efficiency of a new or existing home and to estimate the annual energy costs associated with the home. An energy rater makes a physical inspection of a home's hot water system, heating and cooling system and building envelope and generates a report listing possible energy improvements and the amount of time it would take a homeowner to recover the cost of the improvements.
A building analyst, with a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification, is someone with special training in conducting home energy analysis of existing homes and can provide an assessment of the home's energy shortfalls, opportunities, and health and safety aspects. There are several hundred BPI analysts in Kentucky.
Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs) are a financial recognition of the benefits of lower operating costs for energy efficient housing. EEMs can allow the buyer of an energy efficient house to qualify for a higher mortgage by "stretching" the existing ratio for income-to-mortgage payments (a 2 percent stretch is typical), or EEMs can allow new buyers to borrow mortgage money to make cost-effective energy improvements.