- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fighting sky-high home cooling and heating costs? You might benefit from a free home energy audit, which is available to all D.C. residents who live in single-family homes or town houses 4,000 square feet in size or less.

The program, intended to promote energy efficiency, entails a one- to two-hour on-site inspection by an energy auditor from Elysian Energy LLC or Patuxent Environmental Group, the two companies selected by the District Department of the Environment.

After the inspection, the auditor gives homeowners suggestions on specific cost-effective, energy-efficient improvements that could reduce costs and make the home more comfortable.

Some of those improvements - if completed this year or next - could qualify for tax credits of up to $1,500.

The auditor also will give the home an energy rating that can be used to help qualify the homeowner for lower mortgage rates.

For more information on the free audit and tax credits, contact the department at 202/535-2600 or visit www.ddoe.dc.gov.

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