“The first step in weatherizing any home is to conduct a home energy audit. These ‘home energy checkups’ help homeowners determine where their house is losing energy and decide what steps need to be taken in order to make the home more energy efficient.” – Energy.gov
Advantages of Energy Audits
*Find ways to save money
*Find ways to increase comfort
*Find ways to improve the air quality in your home
*Find ways to prevent carbon monoxide and other pollutants from entering your home
*Find where your home is leaking money and energy
Where does your money go?
According to Energystar.gov, “The annual energy bill for a typical single home is approximately $2,200”. Half of the total energy used in your home goes toward heating and cooling, which is why it is important that your furnace and air conditioner are in good working order. It is also important that the air ducts are sealed properly so that none of the air in your home leaks to the outside wasting both money and energy. The graph featured below represents the break down of typical home energy usage and is significant in determining where improvements can be made to save you money.
Energy Audit – The Process
Step 1: The Interview
In the interview general information is gathered about your home as well as any concerns or observations that you may have.
Step 2: Utility Bill Analysis
We will examine energy usage reported on your utility bills to pinpoint during which months usage was highest and lowest.
Step 3: The Blower Door Test
This diagnostic tool allows us to safely depressurize your home to find areas where air is inefficiently leaking to the outside.
Step 4: Infrared Camera Survey
Once your home is depressurized, an Infrared camera can find problem areas that the eye can’t see such as water damage, mold, and/or hot and cold spots that infiltrate your walls.
Step 5: The Duct Blaster Test
The Duct Blaster tests to find exactly where your hot and cold air is leaking from the air ducts into your walls and to the outside of your home.
Step 6: Visual inspection
The visual inspection involves analysis of your appliances for efficiency information such as the age of the appliance, the general working quality, and any signs of damage. Attic, duct, and floor insulation are inspected for efficiency depth and doors and windows for air leaks.
Step 7: Home Energy Report
After all information from your home is gathered, we generate a report indicating existing problems found and suggestions for efficiency improvement.