Convincing Homeowners of the Importance of an Energy Audit

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 13:23

Home Energy Audit

Even though one of the biggest complaints from homeowners is high energy costs, convincing them of the value of a home energy audit can still be a challenge. The audit is quick and painless, typically involving the use of infrared cameras and blower doors, and the findings in regards to the home’s energy efficiency can be addressed to drastically reduce electric bills. Pinpointing the problem is really the most reliable, efficient way to cut excess spending on utilities.

What is a home energy audit, anyway?

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    5 Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When Buying Solar

    Friday, November 2, 2012 11:54
    Posted in category Renewables

    Solar on a HomeThere is something undeniably appealing about having solar panels installed on your roof. They bring a sense of modernism, of independence and of environmentalism. The decision to go solar is an exciting one, but it should be done with the foresight of the pitfalls that others have made before you. If you go about the process correctly, you too can feel the thrill of seeing your electricity bill dwindle or, if you have an older energy meter, actually watching the meter go in reverse as you sell excess electricity to the grid!

     

    Mistake #1: Not Reducing Consumption Before Going Solar

    Solar is sexy, energy efficiency is not, that’s just the way it is. But if you are thinking of having solar panels installed on your house, you would be wise to reduce the amount of energy you use in the first place. A home energy audit by a certified professional (with a BPI Certification or HERS Rater certification) can identify where your biggest energy losses are and how to address them. Energy retrofits, smarter purchasing decisions and a few behavioral modifications can save you around 30% on your electricity bill. That makes a big difference when you end up making the purchase for your solar panels, possibly to the point of completely eliminating your electricity bill.

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      BPI Building Analyst- Now What?

      Tuesday, September 25, 2012 9:37
      Posted in category Clean Energy Training

      You did your research, you’ve undergone training, and now you’re ready to enter the world of energy auditing, right? Don’t worry, we understand sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. There are many questions you should ask yourself and many aspects of the business to consider. For example, will you be working alone as a contractor or join an existing energy audit team?

      Heating Specialist

      Whichever you choose, keep in mind that more titles doesn’t always mean “better.” However, often it does make sense to earn multiple certifications so that you can show customers you are well-rounded and have the ability to help them in several areas. One of the best pieces of advice we have is to add a specialized certification such as Multi-Family or Shell Professional to your already existing BPI Building Analyst designation. In addition to showing your advanced knowledge in the industry, advanced certifications gives the opportunity of applying your company for BPI Accreditation, which can often be a requirement to offer your customer’s the rebates and incentives given by state and utility programs.

      CleanEdison offers several energy auditing training programs, such as heating, envelope, shell, and multi-family, meaning you have the opportunity to become quite a well-rounded energy auditor! And, with some of the best trainers and staff in industry, you can rest-assured that you’ll receive all of the information you require.

      Received your BPI Building Analyst certification and have tips on where to go from there? Leave inquiring minds some tips to help them along the way!

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        3 Essential Pieces of Equipment for an Energy Auditor

        Monday, September 24, 2012 12:09
        Posted in category Energy Efficiency

        Once you’ve decided to enter the field of energy auditing, there are several pieces of equipment that will become an integral part of your everyday work. Three of the most important are a blower door, a thermal infrared camera, and a DuctBlaster.

        • Blower Door: Blower DoorThis is a machine used to measure how airtight a building’s envelope is. Blower doors can also be used to test the airtightness of ductwork, to measure airflow between building zones, and to aid in physically locating places where air is leaking out into the building envelope. Blower door technology was first invented in the late 1970s and has been a primary way to measure leakage factors since that time. A blower door can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $4,000.

         

        • Thermal Infrared Camera: Thermal CameraThis camera forms images using infrared radiation instead of visible light like a traditional camera. It operates in wavelengths to measure surface temperatures and discover light that is in the heat spectrum. These cameras assure that insulation has been installed correctly and can be used on interior and exterior energy audit surveys. Often, thermographic inspections work in tandem with blower door tests. A thermal infrared camera costs about $4,000+.

         

        • DuctBlaster: Duct BlasterA DuctBlaster (also referred to as a duct leakage tester) is a tool used to measure how airtight a HVAC (air heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning) ductwork system is. It consists of a calibrated fan to test air flow rate and a pressure sensing device to measure fan-flow created pressure. Together, these measurements determine ductwork airtightness, which can aid in one’s knowledge of how to increase energy conservation.

        With these tools, an energy auditor has the ability to create a more efficient home or workplace for his/her customers, saving them money in the long run. Are you an energy auditor? Comment and let us know what tools you wouldn’t leave home without!

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