What Happens During a Home Energy Assessment?
Homestead Energy Solutions provides a comprehensive, whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort at home, while helping to protect the environment. During a home energy assessment, you'll be provided with an average value of $1,000 worth of energy-efficient products and services for one low copay of $149. Here’s everything you need to know about the big day!
How long will my energy assessment take?
The average assessment takes between 3–5 hours. Homes that are over 3,000 square feet and/or over 100 years old will require more time, up to 8 hours. Please schedule your assessment for a day when someone over the age of 18 (preferably the homeowner) can be present for the entire duration.
How should I prepare for my energy assessment?
- Fireplaces should be cleared of ash and debris, and should not be used in the 24 hours prior to your appointment.
- Make sure there is clear access to mechanical equipment including your boiler, furnace, water heater, and/or air handlers.
- Shovel any snow in your driveway.
- Have your copay ready to be collected at the time of service.
Who will perform my home energy assessment?
Energy assessments are performed only by professional technicians who are Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified as Building Analyst and Envelope Professionals. Our technicians are also qualified assessors for the Department of Energy (DOE) Home Energy Score.
What will happen during my home energy assessment?
Our technicians will perform the following tests and upgrades on your home. After everything is complete, we’ll sit down with you to review all the steps and actions taken to make your home more energy efficient. We’ll also discuss your home energy habits and any additional measures you can take to lower your energy usage even more – making your home more comfortable and reducing your energy costs.
Blower Door Test & Draft Sealing
Your home will be inspected using the latest tools to pinpoint wasteful drafts and leaks. We will inspect your windows, doors, attic, exhausts, dryer vents, recessed lights, crawlspaces and ductwork system. Identified leaks will be professionally sealed during our visit, making your home more energy efficient. Afterwards, we will test your home again to show you the difference.
According to the Department of Energy, insulation is the best way to reduce energy usage. Our experts will identify the areas in your home that would benefit from adding or upgrading insulation. We can also suggest the type(s) of insulation that will make the most difference. You may qualify for a rebate to help pay for some of the cost. This rebate will contain all the information you need to know when contacting an insulation professional.
Energy Efficient LED Light Bulbs
Technicians will replace up to 25 incandescent and CFL bulbs with long-lasting LED lights. Additional LEDs may be purchased and installed for a cost determined by the Home Energy Solutions℠ program.
New ENERGY STAR® Appliances
If your refrigerator is 10 years or older, it could be 40% less efficient than new ENERGY STAR® labeled units. Our energy expert will evaluate your refrigerator, along with other major appliances, and you may receive valuable rebates toward the purchase of new ENERGY STAR® replacements.
Water Saving Devices
If needed, you may also receive energy-saving, low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators to lower water usage and related heating costs.