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What is an Energy Audit?

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According to the Energy Star program, half the energy an average U.S. home consumes in a given year is devoted to heating and cooling. If your home uses older, inefficient equipment, or if your home has never undergone energy-efficiency improvements, there’s probably a lot of energy—and money—going to waste.

The average American household spends more than $2,000 on energy bills, so any steps taken to save on energy will likely add up to monetary savings as well.

So, how do you decide where to start saving energy use in the home? Where should you start and what improvements can you afford? For many homeowners, an energy audit can help measure your home’s current energy use, analyze its weaknesses and make recommendations about how to make the most effective energy-efficiency improvements. (SOURCE: Angie’s List)

A Home Performance Energy Audit, also known as a home energy assessment, is a room-by-room review of how efficiently your home uses energy. During an energy audit, a professional technician—often called an energy auditor—will perform various diagnostic tests to determine:

  1. Where and how energy is being lost in your home (windows, air ducts, attic, crawl spaces, etc.)
  2. Which systems in your home are operating inefficiently (i.e.: lighting, appliances, HVAC, etc.)
  3. What cost-effective corrections can be made to make your home more energy efficient, comfortable and affordable! (i.e.: duct sealing, insulation,lighting replacements, etc.)

In order to identify and prioritize energy efficiency opportunities in your home, our energy auditors perform several advanced diagnostic tests, such as:

  • Blower Door Test: This test measures how much air leaks in and out of your home. We affix a flexible, airtight door over an exterior door frame, leaving the exterior door frame open. This “blower door shroud” contains a powerful fan that removes the indoor air, which lowers the pressure inside your house. This allows us to evaluate your home’s exterior envelope, looking for sources of drafts, heat loss or air infiltration.
  • Thermographic Inspection: Thermography measures surface temperatures by using infrared video and still cameras.  Using this information, we can visibly inspect the surface temperature of various components of the home that may indicate missing insulation, air leakage, or moisture accumulation.
  • Combustion & Safety Tests: We identify current or potential safety problems with combustion appliances, such as a gas or oil-burning furnaces, boilers, or water heaters.

Once these tests are conducted, the results allow us to recommend improvements (For ex.: Duct sealing, sealing cracks/openings, adding insulation, etc.) and available rebates to make your home more energy-efficient, comfortable, healthy and safe. We also provide you with a detailed report on the potential energy savings you can enjoy by making the recommended improvements.

During the Home Performance Energy Audit, we also examine areas that we can help you start saving energy immediately. We install several simple measures such as CFL bulbs, an LED bulb, water heater tank wrap, water heater pipe wrap(s), ShowerStart showered adapters, efficient-flow shower heads, faucet aerators and power strips.

Through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program you can receive your energy audit by us for ONLY $100! Homeowners who participate in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program live in cooler homes in the summer and warmer homes in the winter, and pay less for their utility bills. Plus, you could receive rebates up to $4,300* on energy-saving upgrades!

START SAVING TODAY WITH ONLY $100! Call us today to schedule your $100 Home Performance Energy Audit: (301) 990-7970.

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These programs support the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act.

*Maximum rebate amount based on the inclusion of duct sealing services and installation of HVAC equipment as part of the overall scope of work. **The $100 offer is valid for homes up to 3,000 square feet with a single combustion appliance zone. Audits of larger homes or ones w/ multiple combustion appliance zones may cost more.

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