What is an Energy Efficiency Audit?

Your home needs to breathe. The only way to determine if your home has good air exchange is through testing; this is where we can help you. An Energy Efficiency Audit is a whole-house approach of analyzing your home to determine what improvements are necessary to give you the comfortable environment and savings you want to achieve. When we arrive at your home we will be using a variety of equipment, with each giving specific data (symptoms) that we will use to diagnose the “health” of your home.  

Here is a list of equipment that we use for the Premium Package:

Blower Door – This is the largest piece of equipment that we use. It consists of a fan, a pressure and flow gauge, an aluminum frame and a nylon panel that is installed in an exterior doorway. The results will determine if you home is too leaky, not leaky or just right.

Pressure Pan – This “pan” is made of molded plastic with an EPDM gasket connected to an extension pole and then placed over each register or grille, one at a time, with the air conditioner off and the Blower Door on to identify exterior air leakage in the duct system.

Infrared Camera –The images can detect problems with insulation, air leakage around windows, doors, registers, can lights, light fixtures, basically any penetration that is in a wall or ceiling. A digital image is recorded and temperature readings are indicated by different colors.

Combustion Analyzer/Gas Leak Detector – If you have gas appliances, this is the first test completed prior to any other testing. Your health and safety is our number one priority. We use the equipment to detect gas leaks and to record carbon monoxide (CO) readings. If the readings are within the guidelines stated in the BPI standards, we move forward with the EEA. If the levels exceed these standards, we would notify you immediately and require these safety issues to be resolved before the EEA can resume.

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Why do I need an Energy Efficiency Audit?

Do you ever wonder if you can reduce your utility bills? Do you have hot rooms? Do you have any health or comfort concerns? If you answered yes to one or all of these questions, then an Energy Efficiency Audit is for you. We can take a look at your energy usage, diagnose your home and come up with a customized list of energy retrofits that will best fit your comfort and savings goals.

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Who is BPI?

The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is an independent not-for-profit organization. BPI is the leading developer of technical standards for home performance and is recognized across North America. All training programs, professional and company accreditations, including quality assurance, are set by BPI.

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How much money will an Energy Audit save me?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, an EEA can offer:
- Utility bill savings of 20% or more
- Fewer drafts and more comfortable rooms
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions on the environment

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What is baseload?

Do you have several TVs and computers? Are they constantly on or on standby? Are you washing clothes every day? Are you on a time of use plan? These are some of the questions that we answer during our baseload analysis. We take a look at what appliances and electronics you use on a regular basis and give you recommendation on how to reduce this portion of your utility bill by replacing existing appliances and electronics with ENERGY STAR rated products and/or providing you with the knowledge that will change your daily habits to become more mindful of energy usage.

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I use CFLs already and unplug my appliances, what more can you tell me?

This is a great step towards reducing your energy consumption from a baseload prospective. What an Energy Audit will do for you is analyze your house for the other areas that contribute towards your utility bills and comfort such as cooling, heating, and water heating.

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Are there rebates available for an Energy Audit?

There are no rebates for the Energy Efficiency Audit. However, there are rebates available for the improvements.

  • To learn more about APS/SRP Rebates, click here.
  • To learn more about tax incentives and credits, click here.

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