The first step toward improving the efficiency of your home is to improve your understanding of your home.
Do-it-yourself Home Energy Audit
There's a lot you can learn without the specialized tools of a professional auditor. We have developed a Do-it-yourself
Energy Audit that helps you learn more about your home's energy use. Even if you're planning to have a professional audit, going through your home yourself will help you know which questions to ask and make you a savvier customer.
Windows and Insulation Rebates
Air that leaks through your home's envelope, the outer walls, windows, doors, and other openings, wastes a lot of energy and increases your electricity costs. A well-sealed envelope, coupled with the right amount of insulation and efficient windows, can make a real difference on your utility bills. The insulation and windows rebate qualifications are below. You may use the same Rebate
form for Windows and/or Insulation.
Check Your Appliances
We've worked with the Seattle Public Library to make checking your appliances' energy usage as easy as checking out a book. Take a Kill-a-watt
energy monitor home to learn how much energy appliances use and track down where your energy vampires are lurking.
Free Energy Audit and Free Weatherization
For income eligible customers, the City’s Office of Housing offers free home energy audits, and assistance to install insulation and windows in your home. For more information, visit the HomeWise website
or call 206-684-0244.
Web-based Evaluation Tools
There are several web-based home evaluation tools that can provide additional insight into your home's energy use and help you prioritize spending on upgrades. Seattle City Light does not maintain or specifically endorse these tools, but we want to provide links to a few that you might find useful.
Home Energy Saver
from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Home Energy Yardstick
from ENERGY STAR ©