What is a Whole House Energy Audit?
Your utility bill may be shocking, but it offers few helpful details: it doesn't tell you when your energy use peaks, doesn't explain how best to reduce power consumption, and doesn't tell you how your home is spending your money.
We think it’s worth finding out. A home energy audit is one of the first steps to understanding your home's energy usage, as well its overall health and performance. Using a combination of high tech tests and common sense evaluations, an energy audit provides a list of energy and money saving steps, explains how and why your house is costing you money, then prioritizes steps to take to knock down those costs over the long haul.
That's why the Home Energy Solutions assessment begins with a thorough, comprehensive home energy audit by a certified BPI Building Analyst, to determine the most cost effective energy improvements for your home, and ones that will not only save energy, but save money, make your home more comfortable, improve air quality and maximize building durability and safety.
Our home energy audit/ assessment/ efficiency upgrade is comprised of several steps:
- A thorough visual inspection of the home's building envelope. We check for any safety issues like gas leaks, asbestos or anything else that may have to be addressed so we do no harm to you, your family or your home.
- An insulation check, using involving infrared thermography, which pinpoints spots where insulation may have settled, been improperly installed, or where it may be missing altogether.
- An air leakage test using a blower door, to measure the cumulative effect of all the air leaks in the home. After we find any and all of the leaks, we actually seal those leaks. We use program approved products and techniques to assure that the efficiency upgrades to your home are permanent. This is all done WITHOUT ANY ADDITIONAL CHARGE. YOU PAY THE CO-PAY AND THAT'S ALL!!!
- We will change up to 25 light bulbs in your home from regular light bulbs to CFL's. (10 specialty (recessed lights, 3-way.etc) and 15 standard)
- An evaluation of all combustion appliances to ensure that they are functioning properly, efficiently and safely.
- An evaluation of your central heating and/or cooling system to determine if it is operating with enough air flow. We then tape off all the registers and then pressurize the ductwork to find all the leaks in your system. Most ducts leak about 25% of the air in them to places outside to living area. It's just like throwing out $25 of every $100 out the window. We try to stop that so you'll save money.
- We review your electric bill and go over where to find information on how to lower your electric bill while we are there. You can goto CTEnergyInfo.com right now and look for a different supplier.
- We will change your shower heads, faucet aerators if they are the older type. This is meant to save you money on hot water but it also will save on water useage.
- We will enter all of your gas, electric, oil, wood, wood pellet, coal .etc...etc useage in a spreadsheet as well as all of the information about your home. We will enter information on what we did that day to save you money and come up with a custom report showing your how much your estimated savings are after we leave as well as the top ways to save on energy useage based on return on investment.
- The most important part of what we do is the 'Kitchen table wrap-up". We will review your home and everything we've found, both good and bad. We will review different rebates and financing you might qualify for from both our state programs as well as federal tax credits for upgrading certain enegy efficient items. We will make unbiased recommendations based on how long it will take those upgrade to pay for themselves. We do all this by the testing we've done on your home combined with years of construction experience. People seem to appreciate this part of the audit the most. You can ask any questions and if we don't know the answer, we'll get back to you.
- We will send you a email with a link to the report generated at the time of the audit plus additional recommendations and the next steps you could take to save on your energy consumption.
Bear in mind that what turns up during your energy audit might surprise you: homeowners are often shocked to discover that all the little air leaks throughout their house add up to the equivalent of a window (or two, or more) being left open year round!