ENERGY AUDIT COLUMBIA MO
THE FIRST STEP TO SAVING ENERGY AND MONEY.
Roof to basement, wall to wall, HPE inspects it all! We offer a detailed and comprehensive energy audit, and we can offer a quick response time to meet your needs.
For Columbia, Missouri residents, a home energy audit is a great way to find out exactly where you are using electricity, while in turn identifying areas that could save you both energy and money.
Simple fixes like locating the areas in your home that are leaking air and places where extra insulation is needed could save you up to 30% a year on your current utility bills. Our energy audit process is built with the home owner in mind. Our job is to come in and identify ways you can save money, and then provide you with an actionable plan to get this accomplished. Less money on bills means more money in your pocket!
HOW IT WORKS:
Perform diagnostic tests utilizing specialized equipment including a blower door, and an infrared camera.
Blower Door Test:
Professional energy auditors use blower door tests to help determine a home's airtightness. A blower door test works by locating air leaks using a special fan to depressurize a house. This test will be done before and after air sealing to measure the effectiveness of the work.
Measure duct leakage throughout the house.
Thermography uses specially designed infrared video or still cameras to make images (called thermograms) that show surface heat variations. Infrared scanning allows energy auditors to check the effectiveness of insulation in a building's construction. The resulting thermograms help auditors determine whether a building needs insulation and where in the building it should go.Pro Tip: In addition to using thermography during an energy assessment, you should have a scan done before purchasing a house; even new houses can have defects in their thermal envelopes. You may wish to include a clause in the contract requiring a thermographic scan of the house. A thermographic scan performed by a certified technician is usually accurate enough to use as documentation in court proceedings. Check out the HPE Bundle, to learn more about how we can save you money by combining a home inspection and home energy audit!
HPE will complete visual, health, and safety inspections. This will include inspecting your home’s mechanical systems, insulation, windows, doors, and all living spaces.
- Exterior Inspection
- Health & Safety Inspection
- Interior Visual Inspection
- Combustion Appliance Inspection
HPE will analyze findings and create a comprehensive home energy report.
HPE Energy Audit Report:
The report will recommend improvements, rebates, and estimated savings related to each improvement.
We take care of everything. It’s the HPE difference.
After performing your comprehensive energy audit we personally guide you through the process of taking full advantage of all the available federal tax credits for energy efficiency improvements to your home. Resulting in a more comfortable home with lower utility bills at little cost to you!
DOES YOUR HOME NEED AN ENERGY AUDIT?
Would you like to lower your utility bills?
Have you noticed drafts coming in from windows or doors?
Are there rooms in your home that are hotter or colder than they should be?
Do you want to decrease your carbon footprint and help our environment?
If you can answer YES to any of these questions, call us today to discuss what we can do for you!
WHAT TYPES OF IMPROVEMENTS TO EXPECT
There are various non-structural measures that can improve a home's energy efficiency and are known as weatherization measures. Weatherizing your home helps you save money by saving energy, and it can also improve the comfort of your home. Conduct a home energy audit to start building your strategy for weatherizing your home, then learn about air sealing, insulation, moisture control, and ventilation.
Air leakage occurs when outside air enters and conditioned air leaves your house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. It is unwise to rely on air leakage for ventilation. During cold or windy weather, too much air may enter the house. When it's warmer and less windy, not enough air may enter, which can result in poor indoor air quality. Air leakage also contributes to moisture problems that can affect occupants’ health and the structure’s durability. An added benefit is that sealing cracks and openings reduces drafts and cold spots, improving comfort.Note that air sealing alone doesn’t eliminate the need for proper insulation to reduce heat flow through the building envelope.
Insulation in your home provides resistance to heat flow. The more heat flow resistance your insulation provides, the lower your heating and cooling costs. Properly insulating your home not only reduces heating and cooling costs, but also improves comfort.
Properly controlling moisture in your home will improve the effectiveness of your air sealing and insulation efforts, and these efforts in turn will help control moisture. The best strategies for controlling moisture in your home depend on your climate and how your home is constructed. Proper ventilation should also be part of a moisture control strategy.
Ventilation is very important in an energy-efficient home. Air sealing techniques can reduce air leakage to the point that contaminants with known health effects such as formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds, and radon are sealed into the house. Ventilation also helps control moisture, which can lead to mold growth and structural damage.
HPE QUALITY ASSURANCE
Home inspectors only perform a visual inspection, and are only liable to inspect what they can see and access. Inspectors should not be taking apart equipment, putting holes in your walls or digging up your yard. That said, underground pipes, septic systems and components sealed inside walls are off the table from the beginning.