Benefits of an Energy Efficiency Assessment

 Getting an Energy Efficiency Assessment can improve your life.

One benefit is obvious – lower utility bills!

But there is more to it than that.  Read on and find out…

Reliable Energy Audits for Homeowners in VA and NC

Professional Home Energy Assessments by a licensed professional

Helping property owners to a safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient home since 2009

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Why Are Some Rooms Colder Than Others?

Poorly insulated walls, like the one revealed here in this image from my thermal camera, can make a big difference in how well a room stays warm. The purple area in the picture shows where the cold is coming through, indicating a large gap (about 2 square feet) where the insulation contractor failed to fully fill the wall with blown insulation.

A lot of money is being lost through this hole and the room is likely a lot colder than it should be. Using a thermal camera is the only non-destructive way to find holes like that in your thermal barrier.

During a comprehensive audit of your home, I will use my thermal camera to check the integrity of your wall’s insulation. I will check other potential causes of cold rooms, too, such as air leaks or leaky ducts.

 

Is Your Attic Doing A Good Job Preventing Heat Loss?

The attic is a major place for heat loss. There are many reasons for this, not least of which is simply that hot air rises and so will pass through the attic first if it can. Some less well known facts about the attic:

(1) Insulation that is not directly in contact with the ceiling is not really giving you much benefit. I will examine your insulation levels not only for type and thickness but also for how well the insulation is serving its purpose.

(2) Compressing insulation with storage in the attic reduces the value of that insulation. R30 insulation compressed down to 6″, for example, will reduce the value of that insulation down to somewhere closer to R16. If I see storage in your attic, we can discuss ways to either get rid of it or to minimize its impact on your home’s energy efficiency.

 

How Healthy Is Your Home’s Air?

Mold is a major contributor to poor indoor air quality (IAQ) in your home. Other sources of poor IAQ are less visible such as Carbon Monoxide (CO), air leaks from a damp crawlspace, and dirty ductwork. Poor indoor air quality can lead to headaches, respiratory issues and even sometimes death from CO poisoning.

During the audit, I will look for all those things that can diminish the air quality in your home. Combustion safety issues will be addressed with the highest priority.

I will also use an Exhaust Fan Flow Meter to measure how much air your existing fans are pulling. Based on my observations and measurements, and using my skills as a certified Healthy Homes Evaluator, I can estimate how much ventilation your home needs. Using the guidelines of the most current ASHRAE 62.2 standard, I can help you make your home both energy efficient and at the same time provide the best possible indoor air quality.

 

Is It Worth Replacing Your Windows?

Despite what window contractors might tell you, window replacement rarely pays for itself in energy savings. This picture demonstrates how a window that is not really very leaky, feels drafty due to the heat being pulled away from your body when you are near it on a cold wintry day.

Using the data gathered from your home, the software I use will be able to tell me clearly if any of the windows in your home are worth replacing. The same assessment will be done for other high-cost replacements, too, such as your furnace and your fridge.

 

What Small Changes Can Save You Energy?

There are a lot of little details that can make a difference in the energy efficiency of your home. A dirty furnace filter, for example, won’t affect your energy usage all that much but it will decrease the life expectancy of your furnace (or air conditioner) blower motor.

During my audit of your home and in the report, I will point out the small changes you can make that can have a surprisingly large impact on lowering your utility bills.

 

Relax, You’re In Safe Hands

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I’ve been conducting Home Energy Assessments in Virginia and nationwide since 2009, and working as part of the Federal Weatherization program.

As well as training both new and experienced assessors in the use of specialized modeling software, I also use this software in every property I assess.

The software uses very complex calculations to more accurately determine what are the best and most cost-effective measures to install in any given home.

My Qualifications

BPI Building Analyst (since 2009)

Certified Home Energy Professional Energy Auditor

Certified Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspector

A.E.E. Certified Energy Manager (CEM)

B.P.I. Healthy Homes Evaluator

Certified Level 1 Thermographer

Virginia Residential Building Analyst Licence # 2722000058