Why Should I Have a Home Energy Audit?
Do you want to save money and make your home more healthy, safe, and comfortable? A home energy audit is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and then provides ways to make your home more energy efficient- resulting in lower energy bills.
During an energy audit, a certified Home Performance Specialist (HPS) will analyze your home energy usage/consumption and prioritize the best saving opportunities. Because of state incentives to reduce energy usage and the overall carbon footprint, the homeowner is provided an average value of $1000 worth of energy efficient products and services for a low co-pay of $149 (if you heat with gas or electricity) or $174 (if you heat with oil or propane).
The 3-4 hour in-home service includes:
- A whole home safety inspection
- Replacement of energy-wasting incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs
- Replacement of high usage showerheads and faucets with water saving showerheads and faucet aerators
- Installation of pipe insulation on the first six feet of hot water pipes from your water heater or boiler
- Air Sealing to reduce drafts and air leakage
- Duct Sealing to ensure that the air you are heating or cooling is reaching its objective
- Blower-door test (accentuates leakages in the home, allowing HPS to identify the location of leakages)
- Insulation inspection (options such as cellulose, foam, or fiberglass available based on the HPS’s observations and the needs of the home)
During the visit we encourage homeowners to ask questions, make observations and share concerns with the Home Performance Specialist.
At the end of the visit, your HPS will share all relevant information about what energy-saving measures were completed during the visit as well as rebates, incentives and special financing information.
The homeowner should prepare for the energy assessment by making sure fireplaces are clear of ash and debris and that there is clear access to mechanical equipment including the boiler, furnace, water heater, and/or air handlers.
Make sure your energy auditor is affiliated with Energize CT in order to gain access to rebates, incentives and special financing opportunities. The Home Performance Specialist will have identifications from either Eversource or United Illuminating depending on which electric company services your home.
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