Recent Comments from Shell Oil on an Energy Efficient Future Elicit Comments from Progressive

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Shell oil joins a wide spectrum of voices making a growing consensus that people need to conserve energy and that the best way to do that is through efficient use of current resources. Homeowners, however, may see the wisdom of energy efficiency as a friendly light at the end of a long tunnel, but still need time and money to get there. Progressive offers the Home Profile, a tool to show the homeowner how they profile for serious incentive rebates.

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...energy efficiency becomes the best option still standing for maintaining steady energy costs...

In comments made at a March event in the San Francisco area related to the growing world appetite for energy, Royal Dutch Shell CEO, Peter Vosner, noted that alternative energy is not likely to be the leading industry for growing energy demands given the lack of progress made there over the past 30 years. As a result, energy efficiency becomes the best option still standing for maintaining steady energy costs, especially given the pressure of world-wide demand and the slow development of current national resources. Organizations like Progressive Insulation & Windows and Energy Upgrade California find common ground in the same idea. The challenge is to educate homeowners to the benefits both immediate and long term.

Progressive Insulation & Windows (Progressive) has long been a proponent of the efficient use of energy. Until the recent concern about the sustainability of the earth’s resources, Progressive’s concern for energy efficiency was a matter of craftsmanship – doing a job with excellence so that homeowners would benefit from a home that performs properly. Now Progressive’s concern for energy efficiency has matured with the implications that reverberate around the world – from dependence on foreign oil sources to the responsible planning and management of what we now have.

California utility companies and county and state officials have contributed a helpful solution to the need for increased consumer adoption of energy efficiency with Energy Upgrade California, an incentive rebate program to increase energy efficiency across the state for residential homeowners. Homeowners can receive incentive rebates from $1500 to $8000 through Participating Contractors who are able to make the upgrades according to the quality standards of the program.

Building Science has provided significant technology to ensure that the contractors who carry out the energy reduction measures are able to test and prove the validity of their work. The incentive rebates help to fund home energy efficiency improvements making it a sound strategy. But adoption by homeowners has been slow due to economic conditions. People are more cautious and hesitant to spend the money necessary to get results, producing a Catch-22 effect – reduction of energy use means savings through lower utility bills, but the cost to get there is perceived by some as out of reach. Energy Upgrade California’s incentive rebates help to erase the catch and can be accompanied by energy financing, making the process a reality.

Progressive offers a simple first step to homeowners, the Home Profile Assessment. Homeowners who want to know how their home profiles for incentive rebates through whole house performance may ask, How does my house measure up? Progressive provides an extensive evaluation of the entire home to project the possibility of a particular level of energy reduction leading to a corresponding incentive rebate. Homeowners can find Progressive's Yelp! Deal offering the Home Profile at a discount, and can also check the company website.

About Progressive Insulation & Windows
Progressive Insulation & Windows is an Energy Upgrade California Participating Contractor and services Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura & Riverside Counties. Taking the lead in whole house performance and energy efficiency, Progressive has provided best in class service to hundreds of satisfied customers for the past 34 years. Check our reviews on Angie’s List. For more information on home performance visit http://www.progressiveiw.com/ or call 800-500-6200.

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