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Energy Auditing. Making your home comfortable.
A home energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy
What we do
Energy Audits, and weatherization
How can I save on energy?
Lack of insulation in the attic, and old hvac systems/leaky ducting are two large contributors to high energy costs. Contact us today to see how we can pinpoint where you are loosing energy so we can save you money almost immedietly!
Why is there a draft?
Drafts occur when you have improperly sealed area’s like your joist cavities in your basement/crawlspace, if there isn’t proper sealing around your windows/doors, or if have large gaps in your insulation around outlet boxes, and light switches. During an energy audit we can isolate where the draft is coming from and suggest fixes.
What is an energy audit?
Getting an energy audit or energy assessment of your home is the first step to see what’s really going on within your home when it comes to energy use (or misuse). The audit will find out what parts of your home use the most energy.
After an audit is complete you will have a detailed list of action items you can take to lower the energy consumption of your home, as well as the accompanying rebate from BGE to help cover the cost of the energy fix. For instance, say you have to little insulation in your attic, you only have R13 value (about 4″ in depth) and the current code is R49 value. The total cost to install the additional insulation may be around $2,200. BGE may pay up to half the cost ($1,100) to have the insulation installed. Which is basically savings on top of savings!
What to Expect
During a professional energy audit, a technician will come to your home and spend a few hours going from room-to-room, from top to bottom, both inside and out to detect sources of energy loss.
And we’re talking about inspecting everything energy related — electrical, gas, lighting, heating and cooling!
They’ll use special tools and technology that will help them identify areas of your home where there are any energy leaks or waste. You’ll get a cool thermal image of the outside of your home showing where all the air is leaking out!
The technician also will ask you about your family’s energy use, such as if anyone works from home, how many people live there, how each room is used, and what temperature you set your thermostat in the winter and summer.
Before the audit, get ready
Before your audit, gather at least one to years’ worth of utility (gas and electric) bills. The technician needs to analyze these to get a sense of your baseline energy use.
You also should prepare a list of any problems you’ve detected on your own, such as drafty rooms, poor heat or cooling distribution between rooms, not enough hot water in the shower, or condensation on a room’s wall.
You know these, right?? But write them down so you don’t forget to tell the technician!
Here’s a general breakdown of what will be done during an energy audit of your entire home.
- Check for major air leakages – Look for drafts from chimneys, bypasses, recessed lighting, outlets, HVAC ducts. Conduct a blower door test to help determine your overall home’s airtightness.
- Check heating and cooling — Inspect insulation; test for fuel leaks in furnace and its blower; examine duct system, filters and even dryer venting. Check thermostat setting and insulation on water heater tank. Inspect your fireplace and chimney. See what type of thermostat you use and its usual setting.
- Assess your electrical systems – Check your appliance energy use; examine light fixtures and wiring; use a watt meter to measure energy use of other devices in your home; look for electrical hazards.
- Check for moisture and water vapor in your bathrooms and kitchen – Note any water leakage; inspect your vent fans; look for condensation on walls.
- Examine gas appliances and gas heating/cooling systems – Measure temperature, leaks and any carbon dioxide in its exhaust.
After the audit?
After the technician’s visit, you’ll get a comprehensive energy report that will show:
- how you use energy,
- where it’s being wasted, and
- what you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
The report may suggest some small energy fixes such as new CFL or LED light bulbs; caulking or weatherstripping windows; improving your lighting needs with sensors, dimmers or timers; or upgrading to a more energy-saving dishwasher.
It also could suggest more expensive fixes such as buying an energy-efficient water heater or replacing your old windows with new energy-saving ones. It’s up to you how much you want to take on or fix at this point.
Save Energy = Save Money
If you’re concerned about your budget and hiring professionals, remember that the upfront costs could worth it in the end in two ways:
- Rebate programs from local utility companies. Many utility companies will provide rebates for both the audit and for any work you get done after the audit. You could receive 50% or up to $6,500 for any weatherization work. In order to get the rebate, the energy audit company will send out a technician after any weatherization or upgrades are done to do a “test out” to see if the work was effective. The utility company then will send you a rebate check once this is done.
- Saving money on your home’s energy bills. You can save 5% to 30% on your energy bill once you make any of the audit’s suggested changes to your home. Even the little things will make a dent in your lighting, cooling or heating costs.
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3603 Granite Road,
Woodstock, MD 21163