Home Energy Assessments Available in Burke County

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

Home Energy Assessments Available in Burke County

Qualified Burke County residents have a tremendous opportunity to save energy and money with a low-cost home energy audit being offered through Cooperative Extension’s E-Conservation Program.  The E-Conservation Program is an ongoing collaborative project between N.C. Cooperative Extension, NC State University, and the State Energy Office with the mission of helping homeowners reduce residential energy usage and the associated costs.  Burke County has a limited number of audits available for November. 

These audits are valued at $500, but will only cost homeowners $100 through this special program. 

You may qualify for the energy audit by attending one of the energy conservation workshops, Saving Energy, Saving Money, on Thursday morning, October 29th at Burke County Agricultural Building from 10:00 a.m. until 12 Noon; or Thursday afternoon from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; or Saturday, October 31st from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon.

To qualify to receive a home energy assessment, your home must be no larger than 2,000 square feet; have only 1 heating/air conditioning system; be 5 years old or older; and be located in Burke County.  

Energy Assessments evaluate a home’s air leaks, insulation, and the heating/air conditioning system.   A Professional Building Science Specialist will conduct a 2 to 4 hour inspection of your home including a blower door test to check for house holes and energy leaks.  At the conclusion of the  home assessment, the homeowners will receive a written evaluation and recommendations on ways to improve the home’s energy efficiencyRecommendations can include anything from adding insulation, caulking house holes, using a programmable thermostat, servicing the furnace, or changing personal energy use habits to reduce energy use and save money. The homeowners will then be responsible for acting on the recommendations made by the Building Science Specialist.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity to save energy and money, contact the Burke County Center N.C. Cooperative Extension at 439-4460.

Eleanor Summers
Extension Agent
Family & Consumer Sciences