Comprehensive Energy Evaluations

What is an Energy Audit? 

 

Put simply, an Energy Audit is a detailed look at your home & its energy consumption. Its purpose is to reduce your energy bills and increase your comfort. Give us a call at (970) 670-0091 to speak with a certified home energy auditor.

 

What is an energy audit? You’d be surprised at how many people in the industry are unable to answer that question! Home energy audits are detailed home examinations that determine:

 

  • Where and how energy is being lost in a home.

  • Which systems in the home are operating inefficiently.

  • Which cost-effective measures can be put in place to make the home more comfortable, affordable and energy efficient.

 

Home Energy Audit

A home energy audit is an inspection that includes the use of diagnostic testing equipment. Its purpose is to assess the general energy performance of an existing home including:

 

  • Building envelope features (windows, doors, insulation, ducts) and ages.

  • Heating, cooling and ventilation equipment types, characteristics and ages.

  • Appliance and lighting characteristics.

  • Comfort complaints.

  • Visible moisture issues.

  • Visible health and safety issues.

 

 

The home energy audit also includes diagnostic testing using specialized equipment such as a blower door test, combustion analyzer, and infrared camera. These tests are done to determine:

 

  • The location and number of air leaks in the building envelope.

  • How effective is the insulation inside walls and ceilings?

  • Any existing or potential combustion safety issues.

 

A home energy auditor, such as a certified Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst, will conduct a whole-house evaluation including a computer software analysis to identify and prioritize proposed treatments for improvement. This is followed by a detailed report providing suitable retrofit recommendations and specifications. The Home Energy Auditor can recommend suitable, qualified contractors to the homeowner that can perform the work. A general energy audit takes 3-4 hours depending on the size of your home.

 

In addition to what is an energy audit, another common question is, “How much will it cost to get one?” Often times state, city, or utility rebate programs cover most or all of the cost. Give us a call at (970) 670-0091

 

 

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