Home Energy Team Expands Network of Home Energy Auditors with New Affiliate Southern Maryland

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Homeowner demand for energy efficiency savings and new U.S. “cash for caulkers” program fuel rise in independent home energy audits.

As a Home Energy Team affiliate with access to a local network of certified energy efficiency contractors, consumers now have a trusted source for unbiased energy assessments.

Home Energy Team, which is building the first nationwide network of independent, highly-trained energy auditors, today announced further expansion by adding a new energy auditor affiliate, Independent Information Services, that will service homeowners in Southern Maryland – including Charles, Calvert County and St. Mary’s County. With the new affiliate, Home Energy Team now has skilled, certified auditors in nineteen states helping consumers enhance the energy efficiency of their homes.

Starting this month in a handful of states before expanding nationwide in the coming weeks, the $300 million “cash for appliances” program offers consumers energy efficiency rebates for purchases of Energy Star appliances, adding another powerful incentive for homeowners to leverage the expertise of an independent home energy auditor in order to determine how best to improve energy efficiency.

“Adding a new affiliate that will serve residents throughout Southern Maryland allows Home Energy Team to build upon its mission to provide consumers throughout the country with an opportunity to enhance the energy efficiency of their home and reduce their carbon footprint,” said Sean Zobaa, President of Home Energy Team.

Unlike various home contractors that claim to conduct energy audits while also trying to sell related services, Home Energy Team affiliates are trained and certified to provide unbiased energy efficiency reviews for existing and new homes. After conducting a Maryland home energy audit, each Home Energy Team auditor has access to a trusted network of local contractors available to service recommended energy efficiency upgrades desired by the consumer.

“In today’s economy, every dollar counts for Southern Maryland homeowners who are facing rising energy costs and are increasingly seeking to make a positive impact on their environment,” said Phil Canter owner of Independent Information Services. “As a Home Energy Team affiliate with access to a local network of certified energy efficiency contractors, consumers now have a trusted source for unbiased energy assessments.”

Homeowners in Southern Maryland (Calvert County, St. Mary’s County, etc.) – and throughout the country – can experience numerous benefits from a Home Energy Team audit:

  •     Manage Energy Consumption – A Home Energy Team auditor will provide a detailed assessment of each home and provide recommendations to maximize energy efficiency. To help implement the proposed energy saving strategy (energy savings average 30%), the Home Energy Team can provide access to certified energy efficient contractors.
  •     Mitigate Energy Loss – Older homes in particular are less energy efficient than new homes, and homes more than 25 years old save on average 35% on energy bills. For homes more than 50 years old, the percentage rises to 38% (according to Osprey Media).
  •     Energy Check Ups Pay Dividends – Even after accounting for the cost of desired energy efficiency upgrades, the average return on investment is 16 percent; and many energy efficient home upgrades are eligible for tax rebates from the Federal government.
  •     Social Responsibility – According to the non-profit environmental advocacy group, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), 21 percent of the green house gas emissions in the United States are due to residential energy use - even more than cars. Homeowners who do their part can help to reduce greenhouse emissions.

To schedule a home energy audit, visit http://www.homeenergyteam.com and enter your zip code.

About Home Energy Team
Home Energy Team is building the first nationwide network of independent, highly-trained energy auditors delivering unbiased energy audit services to consumers seeking to enhance the energy efficiency of their home and reduce their carbon footprint. Founded in July 2008, Home Energy Team currently has affiliates in nineteen states, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington State and Wisconsin, as well as the District of Columbia. After conducting an energy audit, each Home Energy Team auditor has access to a trusted network of local contractors available to service any recommended energy efficiency upgrades desired by the consumer. For additional information visit http://www.homeenergyteam.com.

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