On-Site Residential Weatherization Audit
The Weatherization Program is an on-site assessment of your residence by professional contractors to make it more energy efficient and improve your comfort level.
How do I sign up for the audit?Sign up by contacting one of our Power Wise Residential Market Actors.
How much does the audit cost?The cost of the audit is billed directly to Cleco Power. Once the audit is complete, the contractor will let you know which measures you are eligible for. Any items that require payment must be approved by the customer before work can begin.
What if I don’t own my home, and I am renting or staying in an apartment?Customers who own or rent their home can register for an audit; however, renters must obtain permission from their landlord. If the dwelling is a multifamily home, like an apartment building, there must be five or more audits scheduled to take place.
What happens after I sign up/when will the audit be conducted?Scheduling is based on the contractor's availability.
How long does it normally take?The audit will vary based on the size, structure and upgrades. It is recommended that you allow for 5-6 hours.
What is included in the audit?
The audit includes diagnostic testing for air and duct sealing, installation of all or some energy saving products such as blown in attic insulation, LED light bulbs, energy efficient faucet aerators and energy efficient shower heads.
Do I have to be home?Yes. An adult over the age of 18 must be present during the assessment.
Who are the professional contractors?
The weatherization contractors approved to work on behalf of the program hold current BPI, RESNET or HERs certificates. Approved contractors have submitted required documentation such as a valid W9, tax ID, state licenses and proof of insurance.
Are audits conducted during the pandemic?Yes. The program is voluntary to customers, and we encourage contractors to follow CDC guidelines and safe practices. Cleco Power is monitoring the program and following the recommendations of governing authorities and can opt to pause the program to ensure the safety of customers, employees, contractors and community.
When it comes to replacing large appliances or devices, there are many options. Power Wise makes it easy and even offers rebates for purchasing energy-efficient appliances and devices. Select the form that corresponds with the appliance or device you are upgrading.
Energy-saving tips for winter months
- Set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees Fahrenheit, if possible.
- If using a space heater, make sure the plug isn’t frayed or torn, as it could start a fire, and keep heaters away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.
- Find and seal leaks.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Discounts available at www.clecomarketplace.com.
- Replace air filters.
- Open drapes, shades and curtains during the day to take advantage of solar heat.
- Close drapes, shades and curtains at night to retain heat inside.
- Use energy-efficient holiday lights.
Energy-saving tips for summer months
- Install a programmable thermostat.
- Set your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees Fahrenheit, if possible, and use a fan. Using a fan can help the air temperature feel 10 degrees cooler. You also can save three to five percent on your air conditioning costs for each degree you raise the thermostat.
- Use heat generating appliances such as dryers and ovens at night when temperatures are a bit cooler outside.
- Seal holes and cracks around your windows.
- Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day.
Learn more about lowering energy usage
Faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads help maintain pressure and reduce water flow.
A great way to keep homes comfortable year round, and lower energy usage.
Switching from traditional to LED bulbs, can lower energy usage 80 to 90 percent.
Beware of Phantom Power
Phantom power describes electricity used by appliances and electronics left plugged in when they are turned off or not being used. Unplug!
Seal your Home's Envelope (Attic, Air & Duct Sealing)
Seal gaps that cause leaks and reduce the efficiency of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning unit.