“Each phase of the audit is a piece of the puzzle.”

What to Expect

Energy Auditor

What to expect during your energy audit.

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Home Energy Audit

Energy Audits have been around for years, however most people are unaware of what is involved with an energy audit.  An energy audit is a systematic approach to viewing your “Home as a System”.  We view each phase of the audit as a piece of the puzzle and all of the pieces must fit, function and work together to achieve the highest “Building Performance” 

  1. The audit begins with an exterior view of the home, all items are thoroughly viewed, measured and a sketch of the home is created to gather all of the important information.
  2. The second step begins with an interview with the homeowner to discuss any issues or areas of concern that the homeowner might be aware of. (Example: hot or cold areas, moisture or mold issues, drafty areas of the home, etc.)  It would be a good idea for the homeowner to have the last 12 months of utility bills for analysis by the energy auditor.
  3. Next an inspection of all of the combustion appliances along with testing of this equipment to determine condition, efficiency and safety. (furnace, water heater, stove, dryer and any other combustion appliance in the house, i.e. gas space heater)
  4. A visual inspection of the interior, attic, basement/crawl space to determine insulation levels and to look for any potential weatherization issues.
  5. A blower door test will be performed to determine and locate air leakage pathways, in conjunction with a inferred thermal camera all air leaks are mapped out for air sealing at a later time.  We will also check and test the furnace/air conditioner duct system to determine leakage.
  6. A test will be run on the combustion appliance zone to determine that combustion appliances are venting properly and that they are not spilling combustion gases under worst case conditions.
  7. At this point we can let the client know what our findings are and give them a rough idea of the recommended weatherization measures that will benefit the homeowner
  8. All of this information will then be entered into a software package to determine the cost effectiveness for weatherization work.  A report will be generated and presented to the customer, generally with a day or two.
  9. At this point the homeowner can make a determination based on the cost and the simple payback of the potential energy retrofit.

If the homeowner has any questions before, during or after the energy audit, please feel free to let us know.  We will be happy to take the time to explain anything that you need additional information or an explanation of.

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