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Grant-Funded Energy Audits Available to Companies Operating in Former Homes


SANFORD, N.C. - Small businesses operating in buildings constructed as residential homes could receive full-service, grant-funded energy audits, potentially saving hundreds of dollars each year on energy costs.

Audits are being provided by Home Performance NC, a Pittsboro-based company that conducts energy audits and ratings, and are funded through a grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Green Business Fund.

To qualify, businesses must be located in Lee or Chatham counties, employ fewer than 50 people and operate in commercial space that was built as a residence prior to 1990.

Under the arrangement, small businesses would receive a full-service, professional energy audit for just $50, about one-tenth the cost of a typical commercial audit. The audit pinpoints areas where energy - and money - can be saved.

If business owners choose to perform any recommended weatherization, the grant also covers half of its cost up to a total reimbursement of $2,500.

Mark Bashista, owner and lead auditor for Home Performance NC, says energy audits not only can save companies a lot of money in cooling and heating costs, but have other benefits as well.

"Having improved air quality and a more comfortable environment is important to anyone working in these buildings," he says, "And companies can protect their investments over time by improving the life of their buildings."

Owner-occupants or landlords of buildings that meet the grant criteria may apply. Companies receiving audits under the arrangement must provide energy bills from the year before and the year after the audit.

All audits and weatherization work must be completed before December 31, 2011. For information or to apply for a grant-funded audit, contact Home Performance NC at 919-360-1570 or mark@homeperformancenc.com.

Home Performance NC conducts energy audits and energy ratings, performs weatherization services and verifies homes as "green" according to National Association of Home Builders standards. The company is licensed and insured as a general contractor.

The Lee County Economic Development Corp. is a nonprofit organization established to attract industry, enhance job opportunities and promote sound planning across Lee County. Funding is provided by the county, as well as the City of Sanford and Town of Broadway, the county's two municipalities.

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