This is one of the traditional focuses of an energy audit: determining the most cost effective way reduce the utility bills. No one likes wasting money! We will look at all systems in the house including insulation, windows, heating systems, cooling systems, and sealing up those drafts.
Is your home too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter? Do you find one room of the house is always too cold? Is the upstairs unbearably hot in the summer? Is the basement always cold? Do you consistently find condensation on windows? Do you have mold or mildew problems?
It is not uncommon for one area of a home to be hotter or colder than the rest of the home. We can troubleshoot the home with the thermal imaging camera, blower door, and HVAC diagnostics to determine if this is an insulation problem, a heating and cooling problem, or a combination of the two.
I am interested in energy efficiency.
There are so many products out there with claims of efficiency: furnaces, windows, radiant barriers, etc. Without an in-depth understanding of each individual home, it’s hard to say which option will be the most effective. Our comprehensive energy audit is the best way to diagnose and create a strategic plan for upgrading your home. You will find out what is the best order to address the home projects, what insulation types are the most effective, and if there is incentive money from programs to help pay for your projects.
Our audits help you “cut to the chase” to determine what is the best approach based on our diagnostic tests. As independent energy consultants, our goal is to provide expert guidance on which energy efficiency projects make the most sense for your home. All homes are unique and may not need the same prescriptive measures. While one home may need attic and wall insulation as their top priorities, the next home may need modifications to the heating and cooling systems. Still another may need new windows.
I am remodeling my home (or adding an addition).
When you make changes to the home, you have a golden opportunity to incorporate energy efficiency upgrades into you plans. If you have a wall or ceiling open, this is an ideal time to address air sealing and insulation work. Use the recommendations from your energy audit to make lasting changes to the efficiency and durability of the home.
I’m not sure who to hire or if I can do it myself.
While there are many projects homeowners can handle on their own, there are others that should be left to the professionals especially when the safety and health of the family is involved. Our consultants are able to cut through the energy saving claims from products to target what will work best in your home. We can also direct to you contractors who can perform the recommendations from your scope of work.
I already had a walk-through energy audit from my utility program.
The audits from utility programs are a great start to engage homeowners with energy efficiency, but they do not include the diagnostics available with a more thorough energy audit. We need to ensure the home is safe from carbon monoxide hazards, gas leaks, and prevent mold growth in the future. We can use the blower door WITH the thermal imaging camera at the same time to get the best photos. We can also test the heating and cooling systems for optimum performance assessments.
I heard the EPA says “indoor pollutants may be 2 to 5 times—and occasionally more than 100 times—higher than outdoor pollutant levels.”
There are many contaminants that fall into the category of poor indoor air quality including but not limited to: mold, radon, VOCs, asbestos, carbon monoxide, and gas leaks. Our energy audits are designed to implement steps to prevent mold growth in homes, to make sure systems are not increasing radon infiltration, and to identify gas leaks and carbon monoxide hazards. We can also calculate and propose upgrades to the home’s ventilation strategies to ensure there is enough dilution air overall for good health.
I want to make my home more marketable to sell.
You will differentiate your home on the open market by completing energy upgrades before you sell it. You may even be able to earn an Energy Star silver or gold certificate for your home that is uploaded to your MLS which the appraiser and realtor will see when they assess your home. This means more value to your property! An energy efficient home can be easier to sell, and the evidence can be found on your utility bills. Or if you’ve just recently made energy efficient improvements, use the energy audit results as proof.
I’d like to install solar panels on my roof.
Energy efficient homes need fewer solar panels to offset the home’s energy use, making solar and wind more affordable options. If you’re considering renewable energy, you need to start with an energy audit so you can make your home energy efficient and safe from hazards first. Then start your renewable energy project.
So, Do I Need An Energy Audit?
If you agreed with any of the above statements, let’s get you started on the path to a more comfortable, safe, healthy and efficient home. Call (309) 253-2242 to schedule your energy audit.