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What is the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance?
The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is a nonprofit economic development agency dedicated to helping Greater Cincinnati communities reduce their energy costs. The Energy Alliance believes that energy efficiency contributes to significant financial savings for residential and commercial building owners, improves air quality, creates more livable spaces, and builds a green workforce throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.
What is an energy assessment?
A home energy assessment is an inspection of your home to identify opportunities to increase its energy efficiency and comfort. The assessment uses a whole-house approach that views your home as a system with interdependent parts.
The assessment may include:
- A thorough inspection of insulation in your attic, crawlspace, basement and other locations where energy loss occurs.
- An inspection of your heating, cooling, water heating, lighting, and appliances to identify opportunities for savings.
- An infrared camera to search for hot and cold spots inside walls, around windows and below baseboards.
- A blower door test to depressurize your house and identify the location of air leaks.
- A safety test of combustion equipment such as furnaces and water heaters that includes carbon monoxide levels and drafting.
Do I really need a Home Energy Assessment?
A Home Energy Assessment is required to participate in all of the incentive programs offered by the Energy Alliance. In addition, homeowners are required to have a Home Energy Assessment in order to obtain a GC-HELP Whole Home loan.
Am I eligible for the programs offered by the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance?
The Energy Alliance currently serves residential and commercial property owners in the following counties:
Ohio: Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clermont Counties
Kentucky: Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties
Can I do the upgrades on my own?
Homeowners may use the results of their Home Energy Assessment as a road map for do it yourself projects or to have other contractors complete. However, due to the whole-house approach that home performance requires, the Energy Alliance recommends that trained contractors complete the upgrades. This will ensure that the upgrades are completed in a safe and effective manner. In addition, homeowners seeking incentives offered through the Energy Alliance are required to use a participating contractor tom complete the upgrade.