Home efficiency has been getting a lot of publicity lately as one relatively easy and affordable way to go green while saving money over the long term. Conservation is the low hanging fruit of energy efficiency. One company called EnergySavvy is taking on other similar services such as Google Powermeter, Microsoft Hohm, and Apogee in the home efficiency field.
A review by TechCrunch says that the Seattle-based EnergySavvy allows users to “quickly get an energy score for their homes plus an estimate of their potential for energy savings. The application actually builds a simulation of your home and then compares it to an ideally energy efficient version of your home. On the EnergSavvy website, for free and within minutes you can see “whether your home is a good candidate for an energy audit and for upgrades, [by taking] our online home energy report. We’ll give you a home energy score and estimate your savings potential.” The company has raised $315K in new financing from a number of angel investors in their mission to make home owners more energy efficient.
After inputting your home’s data, you’ll be able to browse through the thousands of government and utility rebates available to homeowners looking to make improvements in a conveneint all-in-one directory. It seems one way the company makes money is matching you up with pre-screened contractors specializing in home energy efficiency to help you make efficiency upgrades. While this tool isn’t as accurate as actually having a home energy audit, it is definitely quicker and could be a good start on the way to improved home energy efficiency and lower monthly bills.
- Justin Manger