March 14, 2011

It’s been said the only thing certain about life is death and taxes. Well to that you could probably add utility bills. While we can’t do anything about the first two, can definitely help with the latter. And DTE Energy will help pay you to do it!

DTE Energy is leading the pack (of utility companies) by helping homeowners pay for both energy audits and energy efficient home improvements! The key is to make sure that both the audit and improvements QUALIFY for rebates. The first step is a qualifying audit performed by a nationally certified BPI building analyst or HERS energy rater.

Having this type of audit makes the most sense because these raters have been trained to analyze the home as a system involving the building envelope as well as the mechanical systems. A HERS or BPI rater can give you an objective and accurate picture of what improvements your home needs and which improvements will provide the best return on investment. An audit from an insulation company will provide you with a predictable result, you guessed it, you need insulation.

Having a qualified audit DOUBLES the amount of the improvement rebate. So even if you think you only need attic insulation or new windows, our audit will get you more money to pay for them. And in many cases the audit points out many low costs improvements that will save you even more and qualify for a bigger rebate.

Go to Your Energy Savings for details.

Last but not least please remember, not all energy audits are created equal! Don’t settle for an audit with predictable results. You can significantly improve the comfort, health, safety and affordability of your home, but not with any kind of “energy audit”. We show you how to get the “biggest bang for your buck” with an audit from a nationally certified professional with years of experience! Take control of you energy costs and the efficiency of your home! With DTE’s rebate program there has never been a better time to make these improvements and can help with the entire process. Sorry, we can’t help with death and taxes.

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  • Happy New Year! I just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the upgrades you did for us at our home. The bathroom fan is amazing! And there is a noticeable difference in temperature between the storage part of the attic and the 'room' part of the attic. So thanks!

    Caitlin L., Ann Arbor
  • EverGreen did a fantastic job retro-fitting our home with the latest energy-saving materials, and sealing the unbelievably many places where heat was flowing out. I had no idea that there were so many ways to tighten and better insulate an old, "leaky" house.

    Beth S., Putnam Valley
  • No draftiness and the furnace runs less often. Other (my students) notice the music room is very stable in temperature. I especially liked the grouping of improvements and costs so I could figure out what to have done first.

    Jane H, Ann Arbor
  • No evidence of moisture (frost on the wall and floor)...furnace runs retains heat better...Thanks! You may use me as a reference.

    Donna B, Manchester
  • Hello Nate, Wanted to let you know that my energy usage for mid Feb. - mid March was down from last year for the same period: electric down 34% and gas down 49%. What a difference it made putting in the insulation, changing some lightbulbs, and sealing up the band joists and crawl space.

    DeLynn C, Ann Arbor
  • Hi Nate - Attached below are the electrical and the gas usage comparisons for this house between 2008 and 2009. After Evergreen did the energy conservation work (Feb08), we saw substantial decreases in the gas usage from March 08 and onward...

    David B, Ypsilanti
  • After I had an energy audit by (an insulation company) I added insulation but still noticed a lot of the cold air leaks – Thank you for taking the time to explain to me and show me what was happening (using) your "blower door" – I will be doing air sealing next!"

    Jackie K, Ann Arbor
  • The very first night after (EverGreen) air sealing around our home we noticed such a difference in our daughters' bedroom – what a difference! Thank you!

    Michelle K, Ann Arbor
  • Architectural Resource endeavors to bring much more to our clients than merely great residential design. We are constantly looking to add value to our architectural services particularly in the Green and sustainable design areas. Energy management is a key component of our Green design process... Read More

    Michael Klement, AIA, NCARB, AIBD, CPBD, CGP Principal Architectural Resource, LLC , Ann Arbor