What is a Home Energy Assessment?
It is a professional assessment of how well your house performs according to current standards for home energy efficiency. The vast majority of older houses will fall short of today’s best practices, enabling the assessor to make targeted recommendations for improvements.
The typical home energy audit takes 3 hours and consists of the following steps:
Inspecting the foundation and exterior walls of your home for air leaks
Checking the seal on openings and edges, including windows, doors, air vents, light fixtures, electrical outlets, plumbing fixtures, baseboards, fireplaces, etc.
Inspection of areas prone to energy loss, such as attic, basement, crawl space
Performing a blower door test with thermal imaging of the home when it is depressurized can determine the severity of air leakage
Safety: Assessments of gas homes include testing gas appliances for safety, such as proper combustion and exhausting of the harmful gases.
The home energy assessor will also review your utility bills for the past year to gain a thorough understanding of your energy consumption. Once all of the steps of the audit are complete, the assessor will employ specialized software to analyze the energy performance of your home. You will receive a custom report that provides you with the information you need to make decisions about your home energy improvement options.