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Energy Audit

An energy audit is like a house inspection, except that it's looking for one thing: how efficient is your home at holding or shedding heat? It's a simple question that has a complicated answer because your house's ability to hold or shed heat depends on many factors.

The energy audit inspection examines the following:

The audit starts with an examination of your energy expenses over a 12 month period. This will tell us, first, if your energy expenses are reasonable for a house this size. It will pinpoit peak periods of usage and probable problem areas (an increasing water will might point to a leak somewhere, for example).

The inspection will look for proper and sufficent insulation in all parts of your house (most houses don't have it); effective ventilation and duct work (most have leaks); sufficient and efficient heating and cooling, appliances, and lighting. Virtually all homes will profit from such an inspection because virtually all houses have room for energy improvement. The result will be a report that will make recommendations for reapirs, improvements, and upgrades. Much of this will be work that you can do yourself, though some should be handled by licensed contractors (I can make some recommendations). The good thing is that, usually, none of the recommended improvements will be time-seneitive: you can take on the work as your time and pocketbook allow.

Energy audit for a house 4,000 square feet or smaller: $450.
Energy audit for a house larger than 4,000 square feet: $550.

Limits of Inspection

In accordance with professional standards, I am not allowed to enter any areas that may be hazardous; this includes walking on a roof or entering a crawlspace that may be dangerous. I am not allowed to turn on anything that has been turned off (like a water spigot) or moving objects or belongings that are blocking access to inspection areas (this is a liability issue).

This inspection is a non-invasive examination of your property -- of all visible, readily accessible, and installed systems and components of a building that have to do with heating, cooling, ventilation, and insulation. There will be no drilling or dismantling or removal of materials in your home.

An energy audit is an inspection only. It is not an abatement, repair, or improvement of any issues that may be found. The audit report points to areas or conditions that you may or may not address in your own time.

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