Home Energy Audit
Our “Low Cost Home Energy Audits” are intended to give home owners an initial quick and painless insight into the performance of their home. We will then provide a report on how to improve on their homes performance including topics such as: energy efficiency, comfort, durability, health and safety. If the homeowner then decides to peruse any home improvements Energy Conscious Consulting will be available to carry out any improvement work decided upon and guide the project through the appropriate incentive program.
While the “Low Cost Home Energy Audit” will provide a standalone report it also acts as the first part of a full “Comprehensive Home Assessment” that qualifies for incentive programs such as: “Home Performance with Energy Star” and “Home Star”, which involve more testing and would require a second visit if the home owner wishes to peruse these incentive programs.
The fee of the initial “Low Cost Home Energy Audit” is deductible from the later full “Comprehensive Home Assessment” cost, giving the customer the option of pursuing incentive home performance improvements based on the knowledge gained from the initial audit.
The following items will be carried out by a Building Science professional during your “Low Cost Energy Audit.”
Home Owner Interview: This will help establish any particular concerns and aspirations of the homeowner in order to provide a relevant recommendation report.
Carbon Monoxide Testing: Ovens, and all combustion heating appliances will be tested for appropriate carbon monoxide levels and will be tested for proper functioning of the ventilation system. Carbon Monoxide is a danger in homes if not vented properly and allowed to reach excessive levels.
Inventory of Electrical Appliances: The electricity of appliances, such as refrigerators, will be measured and rated. This will help make decisions on whether to replace certain appliances or if there can be a better way of using them.
Thermal Scan: Creates images that show areas of heat loss and air leakage in a buildings shell, this is very effective in determine if building shell improvement work may save energy.
Building Shell Inspection: The condition of the insulation and air tightness of the building will be inspected and areas of improvement will be determined. Along the insulation, the air tightness of a home is a huge contributor to energy loss.
Efficiency of Heating/Cooling Equipment: Heating Equipment will be tested to determine if it needs servicing and if it is running safely.
House Ventilation: Adequate ventilation is important to a healthy home and is necessary if any improvement work is done to the building shell.
Moisture Issues: Any sources of moisture will be investigated, as excessive moisture can lead to durability and health issues in a home.
Fuel Bill Analysis: We will be able to provide insight on the energy efficiency of the home by analyzing the fuel usage and where it can be improved. We will also provide information that will help low these bills
After the initial inspection if deemed necessary the following will be completed as part of the “Comprehensive Home Assessment”
Blower Door Testing: Determines the amount and source of air leakage occurring in a home, which is important in pin pointing improvement work and determining the effectiveness of air sealing work.
Duct Leakage Testing: Testing the air tightness of the duct work to help recommend duct sealing improvements.
Energy Modeling: Will provide predicted savings and cost effectiveness of improvement measures and a necessary requirement for all government incentive programs.
All Audits will be carried out by Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified professionals and follow “Home Performance with Energy Star” guidelines.
Incentive Program Information
Energy Conscious Consulting will help guide you through the appropriate incentive program process. Below is some information on the Home Performance incentives available.
NYSERDA’S Home Performance with Energy Star programs provide a variety of incentives and loan programs. The “Homeowner Financing Incentive” program allows eligible homeowners to receive 10% (up to $3,000) of the improvement costs directly back from the program. Only work done with a BPI accredited contractor is available for incentives and loans. Additional Low Income Assistance is also available for qualified home owners.
Central Hudson’s Savings Central.
Incentives of up to $600 are available for Central Hudson residential gas customers to professionally seal leaky home and duct systems after having an eligible SavingsCentral Trade Ally perform blower door and duct blaster testing.
As of June 1, 2009, windows, doors, and skylights with U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) ratings of less than or equal to 0.30 are eligible for a federal tax credit of 30 percent of the product price, up to $1,500
Home Star is a proposed Federal Program that will create additional financing options for home owners to improve their energy performance.