Is Your Home WISE?
What’s a WISE home? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is your home as energy efficient as it could be?
- Is your home comfortable at all times?
- Does your home conserve natural resources?
- Are you saving money on your home’s utility bills?
Did you answer “no” to any of these questions? Well, your home probably isn’t very WISE… You can change that with up to $750 in instant rebates for home improvements!
Making Your Home WISE
The Birmingham WISE (Worthwhile Investments Save Energy) home energy program offers Jefferson and Shelby county homeowners a realistic set of solutions for saving energy and lowering utility bills, making your home more efficient and comfortable, and reducing your home’s impact on the environment.
Birmingham WISE offers homeowners access to a professional and thorough home energy assessment, as well as quality installation work from vetted contractors. Through the program, homeowners are given information and resources needed to create energy efficient, healthy, and WISE homes.
Working with its partners, Birmingham WISE is able to provide up to $750 in rebates to homeowners who install efficiency measures that result in an energy savings of at least 20%. For the average homeowner, the end result typically equals a savings of 15-30% in home energy costs, which also significantly increases the home’s resell value.
How It Works:
Once you’ve decided to make your home WISE, follow these steps:
- Contact WISE at (205) 202-WISE to learn about our local energy professionals
- Schedule the home energy assessment with a WISE contractor
- Evaluate recommendations from the contractor
- Schedule the upgrades to your home
- Receive instant rebates based on our custom incentives!
THE ENERGY ASSESSMENT:
An energy professional will perform an initial inspection of each home, including blower door and duct blaster tests, which will check for air leaks and inefficiencies in the home. Homeowners will receive a customized list of recommendations that might include changing out light bulbs to compact florescent, changing the air filters and sealing holes to allow the home’s heating and cooling units to work more effectively, replacing and sealing ducts, installing additional insulation, and more.
Birmingham WISE representatives ensure quality control over each job to be certain the desired energy savings are achieved. They will also guide you through each stage of the process and follow up with your case so that it’s easy for you!
Birmingham Wise believes that every homeowner in the Birmingham area can make their house more comfortable while saving energy and reducing their monthly bills. Currently, the program serves homes that meet the following minimum criteria:
- Located in Jefferson, Shelby
- Primary residence is owner-occupied
- Primary residence is a single-family structure
BIRMINGHAM WISE CONTRACTORS:
For more information regarding our qualified contractors, please visit their company web sites:Better Homes Diagnostics: Contact: Bill Bennett 205-919-2022 Eco-Three: Contact: Johnathan Handey 205-314-3500 Newport Green Homes: Contact: Marshall Newport 205-807-4757 Smart Living Energy Contact: Tripp Pankey 205-965-6044 Standard Heating & Air Contact: Tyler Kime 205-322-2679 Synergy Home Performance LLC Contact: Chase Brewington or Gary Pace 205-466-0597 US Renewable & Efficient Energy Contact: Todd Menzies 205-368-0544
Birmingham WISE is made possible through the participation of dedicated and professional local and national partners, who assist in the design and implementation of the program. For more information visit www.birminghamwise.org. Project partners include:
- Regional Energy Alliances
- Nexus Energy Center
“The Block Grants are a major investment in energy solutions that will strengthen America’s economy and create jobs at the local level. The funding will be used for the cheapest, cleanest and most reliable energy technologies we have – energy efficiency and conservation – which can be deployed immediately. The grants also empower local communities to make strategic investments to meet the nation’s long term clean energy and climate goals.”
-Energy Secretary Steven Chu (regarding the Obama Administration announcing the federal funding for local energy efficiency improvements in Alabama). Read more HERE.