This California capital city is home to a popular, morning newscast called “Good Day Sacramento,” which more closely resembles a talk or entertainment show rather than a news platform. Recently reporter Julissa Ortiz checked out the HomeSelfe app as a way for homeowners to take some of the sting out of their monthly utility bills.
In a previous live segment, Julissa said she was initially drawn to the app because she thought it was a way to take an actual “selfie” rather than the virtual way this application reports on your home energy usage and gives homeowners options on ways they can cut energy costs. Ortiz interviews a local homeowner, Sarah Huchel, who says she tries to be energy conscious, but says the HomeSelfe app really opened up her eyes about her older home’s utility costs.
How The App Works
Homeowner Huchel says she already has some energy efficient methods in place, taking advantage of local utility rebate programs, a programmable thermostat and plenty of shade trees in place. Reporter Ortiz then walked us through actually using the app in Huchel’s home, going room-to-room and answering some simple questions to get a report on possible ways she could be saving money on rising utility costs.
The report came through on live TV, then reporter Ortiz and homeowner Huchel learned that by making some adjustments as recommended by the HomeSelfe report, Sarah discovered she could be saving over $800 a month or more and over $20,000 during course of her lifetime.
Live Reactions Caught On Tape
“I don’t know as much about my home as I thought I did,” replied Huchel when given the results of the HomeSelfe report. “And I would love to do everything that’s recommended.” Huchel then called the results “fantastic” and reporter Ortiz commented on the ease of using the application.
Walking in another room of this home, co-founder Ameeta Jain was there to comment on the advent of this important app. “With technological advances, energy costs are rising and the need for energy is (also) rising,” offers Jain, “So if we can help homeowners across the nation become more energy efficient, we can help you save money, over 30% on your utility bill (in most cases).”
To view this video report in it’s entirety, please visit the CBS affiliate KMAX, “Good Day Sacramento Website” here. Why not use the HomeSelfe app yourself and see if making some changes in your home can leave you pleasantly surprised when you receive your next utility bill.