Frank Mallicoat: Who wants to save money? Everybody! So I think you’ll enjoy our next guest. She is the co-founder of an energy assessment app called Homeselfe – with an “E”. If you’ve got a home that’s sending dollar bills out the window, this app is for you.
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We’ve been in the energy industry for a while. We created the technology platform for over 150 utility companies across the nation. The success we saw from these utility companies being able to help homeowners conserve energy and bring their utility down – we thought, that’s amazing – wouldn’t it be wonderful to bring this to every homeowner across the nation so that we could all conserve energy, stop wasting money and bring our utility bills down by 35%?
Frank Mallicoat: How cool – it’s on your phone, it’s free. How does it work?
Ameeta Jain: What you do is you can download it for free or you can go to homeselfe.com and it walks you through a few simple questions like How old are your appliances? Do you have a programmable thermostat?or Do you have attic insulation? Once you answer a few simple questions, you get a free, instant Homeselfe report and it gives you practical ways to make changes to your home so you can start saving money immediately. It also gives you lifetime savings.
And what’s so fabulous is that it gives valuable information on rebates. So, don’t think it is overwhelming because your utility company is offering all kinds of rebates.
Frank Mallicoat: My sister just put in a new heating system last year and PG&E sent her a fat check for about $3,000. How do you find out what those rebates are?
Ameeta Jain: We give you that information. So you do your Homeselfe and in your report on homeselfe.com, you can click on heating and cooling or a tankless water heater and it will take you directly to your utility company where it shows you what you need to do to get the rebate. So it’s one more way to save money!
Frank Mallicoat: Give us a quick tip. When you go in your house, what is one thing we can just fix today?
Ameeta Jain: Light bulbs. 25 percent of the world’s energy is used in lighting and it’s amazing because even your utility company might be offering rebates on lighting. So switch out those lights for LEDs or CFLs and you will save a tremendous amount of money. And in the holiday season, I don’t know if you know, but a string of lights will cost about $25 to run over the course of the holidays. Multiply that by 10 strings of lights, and it that’s $250! Well compare that to a strand of LED lights – 50 cents!
Frank Mallicoat: I look at some of the neighbors around my neighborhood and I wonder – What is your PG&E bill like?
Ameeta Jain: One of the really important things I would like to mention is that I would like everybody to cut their vampire energy. When you think about vampire energy, it’s like, what is that? That is when your electronics are plugged in but are not being used. One of the best things to do – for example, next to my nightstand I have my iPhone charger, my iPad charger, my laptop charger all plugged into a power strip, so when I leave the home in the morning, I just switch off the power strip so I’m not wasting that energy and I’m not wasting money on my utility bills.
Frank Mallicoat: Now you also help buyers and sellers in real estate. How do you do that?
Ameeta Jain: Imagine if you were selling a home and you have a Homeselfe report to show your buyer. You are showing the homeowner how much money they could save. If you have not made the changes, you can show them on the report the rebates that are available to them if they want to make the changes.
Frank Mallicoat: If you would like more information on how to save on holiday energy bills, you can check out homeselfe.com. That’s Homeselfe with an E – and the E is for what? ENERGY.