Insulation works to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The more insulation and the fewer air leaks you have, the less energy you use. If you have electric heat, schedule a Home Energy Checkup, a $430 value. With a co-pay of just $99, you’ll start saving immediately and be warm this winter.
During the checkup, we will
- check your home’s insulation
- look for air leaks
- explain weatherproofing upgrades that will help you save on your energy bill.
The best news – I&M may pay 50% of the cost*! Income qualified customers may qualify to have 100% paid.*
Request an appointment online or
call customer service at 855-231-5274.
The In-home Checkup
Our energy experts are certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). BPI is the leader in setting technical standards for home energy auditing and energy efficient upgrades.
Our energy expert will spend 2-4 hours at your home. They will do a room-by-room checkup of your home energy use including; check for air leaks, inspect your insulation, perform a blower door test, an infrared test and more. They will also look at health and safety issues that may be present.
Start Saving Immediately
To help you start saving immediately, our energy experts may also install – for no cost, LED bulbs, showerheads, faucet aerators, pipe wrap and other energy-saving products.
Report and Recommendations
Our energy expert will provide a detailed report and
- review results including, your home’s energy profile, insulation levels, blower door results and any health and safety concerns
- provide weatherproofing recommendations
- offer other recommendations to make your home more efficient and comfortable
- give a list of the most important items to address
- help schedule the improvements with a qualified contractor
- help you get up to $3,000 in weatherproofing upgrades
Enjoy the benefits like lower energy costs, greater comfort, and peace of mind. Start saving with a Home Energy Checkup.
To be eligible for the Home Energy Checkup / Weatherproofing, you must meet the following criteria.
- 1. I&M Residential Customer in a single family home or a duplex home.
- 2. Electric Heat
- 3. Have not had a Home Energy Checkup in the last three years at that address.
I live in a mobile home. Will you do a Home Energy Checkup?
Mobile homes do not qualify
I rent my home. Will you do an Home Energy Checkup?
Yes. However, we must have the landlord’s approval in writing. Please have them sign the Rental Property Service Agreement.
Do I need to be home for the Home Energy Checkup?
Yes. An adult, 18 years or older, must be there during the entire Home Energy Checkup.
How long does the Checkup take?
It will take 2-4 hours for our energy expert to check your home, perform the different tests and install the LED bulbs, pipe wrap and other energy-saving products.
What is a blower door test?
Our energy experts use a blower door test to help determine how tight or leaky your house is. During a blower door test a powerful fan is mounted onto the frame of an exterior door. The fan pulls air out of the house, lowering the air pressure inside. Outside air then flows in through all cracks and openings. This exaggerates the leaks in your home so they can be identified and measured. This test recreates the conditions a house experiences during 20 mph wind gusts.
Do I need to do anything before the Home Checkup?
The energy expert will need access to every room in your house, the attic, basement and crawlspace.
Please confine your pets in a secure area. It would be very helpful to make a list of any existing problems like drafty or uncomfortable rooms.
What is a Home Energy Audit or Home Energy Assessment?
These are different names for the Home Energy Checkup.
What is a Thermographic or Infrared Inspection?
Thermography measures the surface temperature by using infrared video and still cameras. These tools see light that is in the heat spectrum. Images on the video or film record the temperature variations of the home, ranging from red for hot regions to black for cooler areas. These images help the energy expert determine where your home is losing energy.
Is additional assistance available for low-income customers?
Yes. I&M offers an Income Qualified Weatherproofing program. The Homeowner must meet the federal income guidelines published by the US Department of Energy and Weatherization Program.
Why is there a co-pay for the Home Energy Checkup?
Our BPI certified energy expert will spend 2-4 hours in your home and provide energy-saving suggestions to improve the comfort, durability, safety and affordability of your home.
Our energy expert will do a room-by-room examination including the attic and crawl spaces. They will analyze your home’s energy use by looking at utility bill usage, building structure and equipment. They will also perform specialized blower door testing and infrared scans to identify air leaks.
Our energy expert is happy to answer specific questions about energy use and help you figure out what makes sense for your home. Before they leave, you will receive a list of energy-saving recommendations that are prioritized to show the best return on investment.
Our energy expert may also install energy-saving products, such as LED bulbs, pipe wrap insulation, faucet aerators and showerheads. Between the items that are installed during the checkup and the expert advice you receive, each Home Energy Checkup is valued at over $430.
How do I pay the co-pay?
You will be mailed an invoice that can be paid by credit card or check. Payment is required within 30 days upon receipt of the invoice. Instructions are provided on the invoice. The co-pay is not added to your electric bill.
Is payment required before Home Energy Checkup is completed?
No. Payment is required within 30 days upon receipt of the invoice.
Will the co-pay be on my electric bill?
No. A separate invoice will be mailed to you.
Will the co-pay be refunded if I make the weatherproofing upgrades?
If you complete the recommended weatherproofing upgrades, I&M pays 50% of the weatherproofing upgrades cost. The co-pay will be deducted from your portion of the expense. A comprehensive report with detailed information including the cost of the recommended upgrades is given to you before our energy expert leaves your home.
Is the co-pay refunded if I do not make the weatherproofing upgrades?
No. The co-pay will not be refunded.
What kind of weatherproofing upgrades qualify for a refunded co-pay?
Weatherproofing upgrades can include a combination of insulation, air sealing and duct sealing. A comprehensive report with detailed information including the cost of the recommended weatherproofing upgrades is given to you before our energy expert leaves your home.