Meet the Sanchez Family
This scenario can help you understand how the Energy Upgrade packages apply to a typical household. Please note: these are examples only and are based on industry estimates; results will vary.
The Sanchez Family
The Sanchez family lives in Altadena, California, in a 3-bedroom, 2-story house built in 1970. They upgraded their attic insulation when they bought the house in 2004, but upstairs still feels stuffy in the hot summers and some rooms are really cold in the winter. They decide they need an energy upgrade.
- Mrs. Sanchez goes to EnergyUpgradeCA.org.
- She answers a series of questions, which helps her realize they can certainly save on energy usage.
- Mrs. Sanchez contacts a Participating Energy Upgrade Contractor listed on the website, who talks to her about the benefits of the Upgrade Packages and makes a recommendation.
- The contractor performs a home energy assessment.
- The assessment leads them to decide to complete basic sealing and insulating of their house and replace their old wheezy furnace and cranky air conditioner with a new energy-efficient system that keeps all their rooms comfortable.
- They hire an Energy Upgrade Contractor to complete their home energy improvements and help with the rebate and incentive paperwork. Testing after the improvements are completed show their upgrades achieve 35% energy savings.
The Sanchez Family Costs and Rebates
- Project cost: $12,000 (typical costs in their area)
- $3,500 Energy Upgrade incentive for 35% energy savings
- $500 additional incentive from County of Los Angeles
- $500 Federal Energy Efficiency Tax Credit*
- $7,980 utility bill savings over 10 years (based on $190 monthly gas/electric bills**)
Total cost for 10+ years of cool comfort and an efficient home: $0 (net savings of $480).
* Available until December 31, 2011; 10% of costs up to $500.
** Monthly bill reduction assumes average usage and conditions; actual savings will vary.