As part of our commitment to energy efficiency, we offer a home energy audit to properly evaluate what areas in your home are the source of your comfort or energy problems. Once identified, we will provide the best solutions. We provide this service as a courtesy when installing a new solar power system.
We also offer this audit as a service to those who simply want their home to be as energy efficient as possible. Please contact us for more information.
Basic Energy Efficiency Package
1 Nest E Thermostat*†
1000 sq ft blown insulation**
20 Indoor LED, 2 LED flood lights***
1 Attic access tent****
1 Water heat wrap
†Any additional Nest E thermostat $220, additional Nest Gen 2 $300
**Additional blown insulation:
500 sq ft – $325
1000 sq ft – $600
1500 sq ft – $850
2000 sq ft – $1100
***Additional light bulbs:
$4/flood light bulb
$10/can light bulb
****Additional attic tent and/or water heater blanket: $40/each
More than 90% of homes in America lack adequate attic insulation and wall insulation, which can increase monthly energy bills and reduce comfort. Adding home insulation with the right R-value can make a big difference.
The EPA estimates that homeowners can save an average of 15% on heating and cooling costs (or an average of 11% on total energy costs) by air sealing their homes and adding insulation in attics, floors over crawl spaces, and accessible basement rim joists.
LED Light Bulbs
As your incandescents burn out, it’s a good time to consider switching to LED bulbs.
LEDs have an impressive lifespan (20-something years!) and are very cost-effective.
Now’s the right time to switch to LEDs. These bulbs have made significant advances over the last few years, finally delivering the warm light incandescents have comforted us with for decades.
Water Heater Blanket
During cold monnths, you are probably no stranger to using an extra blanket to stay warm at night instead of turning up the heater. The same thing applies to your water heater. You should consider wrapping your hot water heater in an insulation blanket. It makes a big difference during the colder months, as you can imagine, but it’s also an effective way to save money year round, because it maintains a consistent internal temperature. Hot water heater blankets prevent the ater heater from losing heat to a cold room or outdoor closet. The water heater does not have to consistently work to raise the temperature of the water, especially with conventional hot water heating tanks. Tankless hot water heaters are generally energy efficient on their own and don’t need an insulation blanket at all.
Attic Access Tent
An attic tent is a form of attic stair insulation that is secured above the attic door, and made of synthetic casing that is adhered to micro-fiber urethane insulation that is ½ thick. Heavy duty zippers around the tent allow easy access into the attic. Its primary design is to stop air infiltration between the home and attic, the most common medium for wasting costly residential energy, during both hot and cold seasons.
The HVAC systems in homes are designed for a closed envelope making air balancing with supply and return air, very critical. Every time these systems are operating they create a positive or negative pressure, thus forcing conditioned air out or drawing outside air in the home. It also keeps out unhealthy insulation and dust particles from the attic.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is the first thermostat to get ENERGY STAR certified. It learns what temperature you like and builds a schedule around yours. Since 2011, the Nest Thermostat has saved billions of kWh of energy in millions of homes worldwide. Several independent studies show that it has saved people an average of 10% to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills.