How Energy Efficient is Your Home?

How energy efficient is your home? Find out with an energy assessment, whether you hire a professional or do it yourself – or both! Understanding your home’s energy use is the first step to improving its efficiency and saving you money on utility bills. (Most info below from City Light’s energy conservation page.)

Get a Discounted (or Free) Professional Audit
Seattle City Light offers home energy audit rebates for customers with electrically heated homes living in single family homes, duplexes, triplexes and quads. Independent auditors assess your home’s insulation level, leakiness, and heating system efficiency. These audits lead to an “Energy Performance Score” report that rates the current efficiency level of your home and suggests energy-efficiency upgrades. Your auditor will also install energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs courtesy of Seattle City Light.

If you have electric heat, SIGN UP for your $125 audit here.

For income eligible customers, the City’s Office of Housing offers free home energy audits and free comprehensive weatherization services. For more information, visit the HomeWise website or call 206-684-0244.

Do-it-yourself Home Energy Audit
There’s a lot you can learn without the specialized tools of a professional auditor. City Light has 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.

Check out a “Kill-a-Watt” & Check Your Appliances
City Light 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.

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 provides links to a few that you might find useful.

  • Home Energy Saver from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Home Energy Yardstickfrom ENERGY STAR ®
  • Community Power WorksOnline Assessment

If you have any questions, please call an Energy Advisor at 206-684-3800.

Ditch Your Oil- (and Money-) Guzzling Furnace

It is still warm out now, but fall and winter are around the bend, so it’s not too soon to start taking steps to make your home warmer and more energy efficient, and save you money on those heating bills.

Seattle City Light customers* who live in oil-heated homes or 2-4 unit buildings may be eligible to participate in Community Power Works, a one-stop program providing low-cost energy audits, City-approved contractors, loans, customer service, and quality oversight for your home energy upgrade project.

For a limited time, customers living in oil-heated homes can take advantage of Community Power Works’ high-efficiency heating incentives and save significantly on heating costs with a new, efficient heating system. Customers interested in weatherizing their home may qualify for weatherization rebates.

How it works:

Get started today! Learn more about energy auditsrebatesfinancing, and contractors.

Questions? Give Community Power Works a call at 206.449.1170 or email.

About Community Power Works
Community Power Works is an energy efficiency program that helps customers make their homes more efficient, healthier and safer, warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, and less expensive. Whether your home was built in 1905 or 2005, chances are good that you could take steps to improve its energy efficiency. If you live in a single-family home or a building with 2-4 units, you may be a candidate for Community Power Works.

  • A deeply-discounted energy audit for electrically-heated and oil-heated homes (value $400).
  • A pool of City-approved contractors to install efficiency upgrades such as windows, insulation, advanced heating and cooling systems, and more.
  • Financing options for up to 100% of the cost of your upgrade with affordable rates and hassle-free loan payments on your Seattle City Light bill.
  • Ongoing customer service and energy expert support, as well as complimentary quality oversight to ensure that the job is done right.

*Seattle City Light serves residents living in Seattle, Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, and parts of Burien, Normandy Park, Renton, SeaTac, and Tukwila.