» Increase your home’s efficiency: You have better things to do this winter than to think about how your home loses energy and money. An in-home energy audit is a great way to learn how you can increase comfort, lower energy bills and even make the planet a little cleaner. For only $60 for a Standard Home Energy Audit, a contracted professional auditor will visit your home and identify energy efficiency opportunities, prioritize them and develop an action plan for you.
» The audit begins with:
• A comprehensive whole-house inspection to uncover energy gaps.
• A thorough inspection of your home’s exterior, such as windows and doors.
• An analysis of the insulation levels throughout your home.
• Examination of your home’s mechanical systems.
• Basic analysis of your utility bills.
• Carbon monoxide test for atmospherically vented appliances.
• Blower door diagnostic test to determine how much air your home loses each hour through the various
Xcel Energy offers Home Energy Audits to its residential customers at up to 70 percent less than market value.
» When is the best time of the year for a Home Energy Audit? Audits are easiest to conduct when there is a significant enough temperature difference between the inside and outside of your house to run your heating or cooling systems.
» Do I need to prepare for a Home Energy Audit? No, but it is recommended that you make a list of any existing problems such as condensation and uncomfortable or drafty rooms.
» How long does the audit take? Your auditor will spend approximately one to three hours examining your home and answering your questions. You’ll receive a comprehensive written report a few days later.
» Save money on the audit. Then save money on the improvements with Xcel Energy rebates. For more information, visit ResponsibleByNature.com.
To schedule a Home Energy Audit, call 1-800-895-4999.
» At a glance:
For more than 100 years, Xcel Energy has been committed to customer satisfaction by continuously improving its operations to be a reasonably priced, reliable, environmentally sound energy provider, and providing customers with the technology and tools necessary to use energy wisely.
» Who we are: CenturyLink is a leading Fortune 500 company, but we focus on localized operations to offer the best services and prices for our customers. We operate in a way that encourages the technician servicing your home to also be the representative at your neighborhood chamber of commerce and represent CenturyLink in local charitable activities. CenturyLink is a part of the community and our goal is to serve customers by understanding their needs, providing innovative products and delivering a high level of customer service.
» What’s new: CenturyLink acquired Qwest Communications earlier this year. We work hard to make high-speed Internet, television and phone more accessible, more affordable, and less complicated. We are committed to strengthening and improving the communities we serve through products, services and community outreach.
» CenturyLink is… a fan of Minnesota baseball! CenturyLink is a sponsor of the Minnesota Twins and provides a state-of-the-art fan experience at Target Field as the exclusive communications service provider.
» Our customers are… families and businesses who want to stay connected whether it’s through home Internet service or global business services from the cloud.
» We are involved in the community: We donate $100,000 annually through our “Teachers and Technology” grant program for innovative teachers in the community. We focus our philanthropic and volunteer efforts on K-12 education and programs that support youth; technology-focused initiatives; and locally-driven efforts that strengthen communities and make them better places to live.
» At a glance:
• 3,000+ Minnesota employees
• Five-time “Best Places to Work” winner in Minneapolis - St. Paul Business Journal
• Two minutes is all it takes to download your favorite TV show with CenturyLink 20 Mbps Internet
» About us: With over 55 years of experience and more than 500,000 homes built nationally, Pulte Homes has grown to be one of the largest and most admired home builders. What makes Pulte Homes unique? It begins with our ability to locate prime parcels of land, using first-rate materials, and partnering with brand-name suppliers. It continues with us effectively managing the construction process, building with high-quality materials, and offering distinctive interior and exterior home options. It ends with you knowing that you have the best home for the best value.
» What’s new: We have a new look! If you haven’t visited a Pulte Homes neighborhood lately, now is the time. Our newly designed luxury style homes are nestled in intimate-sized communities in locations you want to live. Not only do we design and build the most desirable home plans, our new product offering is just as desirable. With 14 Twin Cities locations, opening the door to a new Pulte Home has never been easier. Come experience the difference. We guarantee you will be inspired.
» Our process is… always customer-focused.
» Our homes are… built with the highest-quality materials and most innovative products in the homebuilding industry.
» One more thing: We are now building in Bloomington, Roseville, Arden Hills, Minnetonka and Minnetrista. Check out the website for more information.