Home Energy Squad Virtual Home Audits

Home Energy Squad Virtual Home Audits
Posted on 10/27/2020
When do you know autumn has arrived? It might be the trees turning red and orange; it might be your children starting the school year. For many Minnesotans, however, it might be a draft of cold air across the living room or the annual bill increase that comes with heating our homes. No one can stop the seasons from turning, but the city of New Hope wants you to stay comfortable at home and keep your energy bills low—with help from the Home Energy Squad.

The Home Energy Squad, provided by CenterPoint and Xcel Energy, offers free home energy visits. During a visit, energy experts help you explore the place you live from a new perspective. They can show you how your home uses energy, as well as recommend ways to decrease your use—which will in turn decrease your utility bill. Their recommendations can help you improve everything from the energy performance of large equipment like furnaces, to the smaller, easier-to-overlook energy users like lightbulbs.

While usually performed in person, Home Energy Squad is now offering a free virtual home energy audit. If you are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have noticed that asking your home to act as both office and living space can really increase how much energy you use along with your monthly utility bill. After your free virtual visit, you and your energy expert may decide that the best next step is an in-person visit, which can be performed safely with health and safety guidelines in mind. Free in-person visits are available to income-qualified households.

A season change is a perfect opportunity to reflect on what you love about your home—it’s a comfortable place for you and your family to live and work, and it keeps you safe. As 2020 draws to a close, you should also consider the ways you might improve your home with projects that can save you money for years to come. Home Energy Squad is here to help you explore your home’s potential and take the next step to make it a reality.

If you want to learn more or if you are ready to schedule your visit, call 651-328-6220 or visit mncee.org/hes.