Our Home Energy Advisors
A Home Energy Advisor will perform a detailed on-site home energy audit of your home’s energy consumption. The advisor will then provide you with a customized written report which includes a checklist of recommended retrofits to improve the energy efficiency of your home. This report will also correspond to a grant amount for each eligible upgrade. The incentive chart is regularly updated and current on our website.
Should you follow the energy-saving recommendations for your home, you’ll not only reduce your energy costs, but you may be able to access Government or utility incentives for specific improvements. Also, it is worth mentioning that your home will receive an “EnerGuide” rating and label. This is helpful in comparing your home to others. If your home scores higher on the EnerGuide scale this translates to lower utility bills.
A home energy audit is a simple but diligent whole-house evaluation. We can assist you to identify energy loss areas in any type of house. When assessing your home, we complete a checklist of areas inspected and leakage areas found during the blower door test. The list we compile and present in your report will help you prioritize your energy efficiency upgrades.
Among other things, a home energy audit collects information to identify and document building envelope air leaks (drafts). The potential energy savings from reducing drafts in a home may range from 5% to 30% per year, and the home is generally much more comfortable. We check for indoor air leaks, such as gaps along the baseboard or edge of the flooring and at junctures of the walls and ceiling. We check to see if air is escaping through locations such as these:
- Electrical outlets
- Switch plates
- Window frames
- Weather stripping around doors
- Fireplace dampers
- Attic hatches
- Wall or window-mounted air conditioners
- Through-wall penetrations
- Pet doors
- Pocket doors
Also, we look for gaps around pipes and wires, foundation seals, and mail slots. We check to determine if the caulking and weather stripping are applied properly, leaving no gaps or cracks, and are in good condition.
Heat loss through the ceiling and walls in your home could be significant if the insulation levels are minimal. When your house was built, the builder likely installed the amount of insulation recommended at that time. Given today’s energy prices (and future prices that will undoubtedly be higher), the level of insulation might be inadequate, especially if you have an older home.
The home energy audit documents top to bottom, for example: If the attic hatch is located above a conditioned space, we check to see if it is at least as heavily insulated as the attic, is weather stripped, and closes tightly. The blower door test can determine whether openings for items such as pipes, ductwork, and chimneys are sealed.
A home energy auditor observes your heating and cooling systems to determine their current efficiency level. Many homeowners know this all to well by simply by looking at their utility bill. These units need proper air flow in order to run at optimum levels. If you must replace your HVAC system, look for one with the Energy Star seal of approval. The auditor can explain the latest heating systems and how they can benefit your home.
Total Home Solutions can guide you through the process, step by step. Advisors complete rigorous training in home performance evaluation to better understand the dynamics of how homes should work as a system.
A home energy audit is a study of the systems in your home, how these systems function on their own, and how they contribute to your whole house comfort and energy efficiency. We document your home’s air sealing, insulation levels, and more. We also evaluate your home’s energy consumption and heating and cooling efficiency.