Home Energy Audit
The main purpose behind Home Energy Audits is to evaluate everything in your home that uses, or loses, energy. As a result of an audit, we discover areas that are deficient. These areas need extra insulation or weatherization of some kind that can save you money and make your home more comfortable. If you were too cold last winter and piled on layer and layer of clothing, or if your air conditioner just can’t keep up with the heat of the summer, a home energy audit will help us locate problem areas.
Home Energy Audits can help reduce your utility bills up to 35%. So what exactly happens during a home energy audit? The steps below explain what we do.
1. Evaluate Usage
We measure your home and inspect a year’s worth of utility bills to evaluate efficiencies and detect potential issues.
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2. Inspect the Home
We tour your home and review systems, appliances, insulation and attic conditions. We conduct a blower door test and collect data throughout the house. We consider room comfort, appliances, lighting and the crawlspace, if applicable.
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3. Conduct Combustion Safety Test
This test evaluates the performance and safety of combustion appliances in the home. We inspect gas pipes, furnace, water heater, exhaust fans and test for carbon monoxide.
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4. Written Report
We provide a report to the home owner including recommendations and approximate costs. We can often provide information on eligible rebates. With our recommendations, it is possible for homeowners to increase energy performance up to 25-35%.
Evaluate Usage. Energy Efficiency Experts will collect a year’s worth of utility bills (not including your water bill) and compare them against statistics for efficient/inefficient houses. This information helps us identify potential problem areas.
Inspect the Home. Our inspection includes checking water systems and whether or not there is moisture in places that might indicate a problem. We look at appliances, noting their condition and checking for door seals. We check for drafts coming from doors and windows. Heating and air conditioning performance is evaluated, including the efficiency of any return duct on the top floor. The attic inspection includes a check of insulation and ventilation, attic fans and a search for the presence of asbestos.
Combustion Safety Test. A combustion safety test evaluates furnaces and gas appliances. We also look at the age of the furnace and test its capabilities. Our combustion test will also identify whether there are any carbon monoxide leaks. This test takes about 30 minutes.
Written Report. Our report is provided within 24 – 48 hours of our visit, depending on the complexity of the issues that are discovered during our audit.
Energy Audits in Action.
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