“My floor is cold – Our basement has a dirt floor – Our heating bill is way too high!”
We hear these complaints on a daily basis. People often have goals for their homes such as increasing the comfort, decreasing their energy bills, and helping the environment… or all of the above!
When dealing with a goal so broad, it can be difficult to know where to start. What should you prioritize and how much might that cost? Would it be better to start with air sealing and insulation in the basement, or would my money be better spent elsewhere?
This is the reason we offer Energy Audits. Not only will it give you a comprehensive view of the problem areas of your structure, but it will also give you an actionable plan that makes the process more approachable.
So… What is an Energy Audit?
An Energy Audit is a service that entails a thorough inspection of your home, appliances, heating systems, and most importantly the “Thermal Envelope.” The thermal envelope consists of exterior walls, the basement, attic, crawlspaces, and more. In short, the thermal envelope is the barrier that separates the interior of your home from the outside elements. The field visit portion of the audit typically takes 2-3 hours to complete.
Our BPI Certified structural scientists measure the airflow of your home using a blower door depressurization test. This has the benefit of making our smoke sticks and (weather-permitting) infrared cameras even more effective at detecting weaknesses in your building’s envelope.
Our friends at Efficiency Vermont are currently offering incentives for projects that make homes more efficient. One such program is based on reducing the airflow in your home. In order to be eligible for that incentive of up to $3,000, one must get a blower door test completed before and after a project. This ensures an accurate measurement of the change in airflow the project caused. We can also help you take advantage of all local and state-level incentives and rebates, including but not limited to those from Vermont Gas (VGS), Washington Electric Co-Op, Green Mountain Power, and Burlington Electric Department.
The Best Part…
Within a week of the audit, we follow up with the audit report. The report outlines our findings, offers energy-saving tips, and gives specific work recommendations. These work recommendations will include estimates for each proposed project. Now you have a plan! Give your auditor a call and go over the report, and you will have a thorough understanding of what to do next!
How do I get started?
We look forward to hearing from you!