What is a whole house energy audit?

 

Do you hold your breath every month when your utility bills come? That is true for many homeowners every month. Did you know that your utility bill can provide you with some helpful clues in reducing your energy consumption. Those clues can be understood through a Whole House Energy Audit. A Whole House Energy Audit can help you understand where your home is spending your money, and explain how you can reduce energy consumption.

We think it’s worth finding out where your money is going. A Whole House Energy Audit is the first step to understanding your home's energy consumption, as well the overall health, quality, and performance of your home. Using a combination of high tech tools and testing, we are able to evaluate your home’s energy performance. After the audit, we will provide you with a “Home Energy Improvement Plan” to help you save energy and money. The Home Energy Improvement Plan will give you a prioritized plan to lower your energy cost.  In the plan, we will explain to you, how and why your house is costing you money. By following the plan, not only will you save money and energy, but you will also improve the comfort and the overall health of your home.

A Whole House Energy Audit is comprised of several steps:

1) A thorough visual inspection of the home.

2) An inspection of the insulation: using infrared thermal imaging, we are able to see where insulation may have settled, been improperly installed, or is completely missing.

3) An air leakage test: using a blower door and duct leakage test, we are able to find air leaks in your home, causing you to lose energy.

4) A ventilation inspection: a healthy home must have appropriate the ventilation, we will check to make sure your home conforms to safety standards and that it is healthy environment for your family to live.

5) A Combustion analysis: includes an inspection of visible gas lines, carbon monoxide levels, and a combustion efficiency test on gas appliance.

6) HVAC system evaluation: inspects the efficiency of your HVAC system to determine if it needs a simple tune-up or a high-efficient system replacement.

7) Finally, an inspection of some the major appliances: appliances can be inefficient, and cause a drain on your home’s energy needs.

We believe that a Whole House Energy Audit by a certified professional is well worth the cost. However, the real value is gained by making the improvements outlined in your Home Energy Improvement Plan.

Remember that what turns up might surprise you. Homeowners are often shocked to discover that all the combined air leakage throughout their home can be the equivalent of a several windows’ being left open year round! Just remember that what you don't know can cost you!

Schedule your Whole House Energy Audit, and find out what your home is costing you.