FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania utilities offer home energy audits

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FirstEnergy Corp.'s Pennsylvania utilities (Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power) offer a Home Energy Audit program that can provide incentives and additional savings on energy efficiency home improvements.

Participating homeowners can qualify for up to $250 in rebates toward the cost of a comprehensive residential energy audit designed to increase the home's comfort and energy efficiency.

"Investing in energy efficiency improvements can help save energy and money throughout the year," said Wade Williams, manager of residential energy efficiency programs for FirstEnergy's utilities. "The Home Energy Audit program offers residential customers energy efficiency education and awareness, along with equipment and incentives to improve the efficiency of their homes."

The comprehensive in-home energy audit includes air infiltration testing and other diagnostic tools for improving the integrity of the building shell, with up to $200 of energy-saving measures installed at the time of the audit. The auditor also will examine appliances, lighting and HVAC systems in order to determine where homes are lacking in efficiency.

After completing an in-home energy audit, customers are provided with a list of recommended energy savings projects for their home along with their associated energy savings impacts.

Customers who implement recommended and eligible energy savings measures can earn additional rebates from FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania utilities, including tiered incentives based on the amount of savings – $100 in bonus rebates for savings over 2,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh), and $150 in bonus rebates for savings over 3,000 kWh. The fee for the audit is $350.

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