Energy Efficient Homes
       
The ideal energy efficient building retains the best environment for living while minimizing the consumption and waste of energy. © Crook 2006
              
The biggest source of clean cheap energy is energy not used. R. Muller, Foreign Policy, Nov 2008
              
If you don’t understand energy efficient technology it’s probably because it’s based on principles of thermodynamics, physics, and rocket science. © Crook 2010
              
When you install an alternative energy system without first reducing your building’s demand for energy you ‘re still wasting energy and foregoing comfort--You've put the cart before the horse. © Crook 2011
              
An energy efficient building is always "Green" but a green buildings isn't always energy efficient. © Crook 2009
              
"For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction", Sir Isaac Newton's "Action-Reaction Law", 1687
              
The transfer of heat between objects can never be stopped: it can only be slowed down. © Crook 2008
              
It's always easier to get into something than it is to get out.
              
Clean coal refers to coal with less particulants/pollutants. Clean coal when burned, unless SEQUESTRATED spews CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) into the atmosphere causing pollution. What does "clean coal" and "pork the other white meat have in common? Both are half-truths and both have the propensity to make you sick.
       

Energy Audits


How do I know if my home needs an energy audit
Your home needs an energy audit:

  • If you think the cost for heating and cooling your home so you feel comfortable costs more than it should.
  • If the floors are cold
  • If there are hot and cold rooms
  • If your spider webs move
  • If there are problems from moisture and mold in your home

Why have us perform an energy audit and not a vendor that sells windows and doors, heating and air conditioning equipment, or an insulation contractor?

A window and door contractor sells windows and doors when in fact your best energy saving results may come from installing thermal shades over your existing window glass. We know to inspect the windows and doors too see if they close tightly or if the seals and gaskets need replaced.  Sometimes installing a thermal shade or a storm window will produce energy saving results.   

When we conduct an energy audit, the experienced professional identifies ALL the different areas in your building that waste energy. Air infiltration, insulation, ventilation, and heating and cooling equipment all affect a building’s energy efficiency peformance. The energy report prepared from the results of the audit provides the foundation for a step-by-step plan of action. The plan of action makes it possible upon implementation to realize the greatest benefits from the energy used for the least cost.

Why hire us and not another energy auditor?

We were in the energy efficient building business long before it was a market trend. Our 25+ years of proven energy efficient construction experience (principles, materials, and methods) has taught us effective and affordable methods to prevent and stop costly air infiltration, create an adequate blanket of insulation, balance heating and air conditioning systems, and maintain healthy indoor air quality. We are able to reduce a building’s energy consumption for heating and air conditioning by 30-50-70% with the implementation of our recommendations..

Since our government is focused on energy efficiency, almost weekly a new program offers training on diagnostic procedures. Most energy auditors today are “Newbies” to the field of energy efficiency.

In addition to our 25+ years experience building energy efficiently, our team of auditors are BPI (Building Performance Institute, Inc.) certified as Building Envelope Professionals and Building Analyst Professionals. We can also certify new home construction in the Energy Star certification program administered by the US Department of Energy.

If your goal is to reduce your building’s energy consumption, and save money how much knowledge and skills do you think one can learn from a four or five day classroom training program? Energy efficiency technology is based on principles of thermodynamics and rocket science. Our first spacescraft explorations had animals on board and not humans?  When a spacecraft travels through the earth’s atmosphere the temperatures are extremely hot and when it enters outerspace the temperatures are extremely cold. If a spacecraft was not designed to prevent conditions of extreme heat and extreme cold on the interior of the spacecraft then the occupant(s) would burn or freeze to death. Hence the use of animals in the early days of space exploration versus risking human life.

Instead of working with people who still have their training wheels on, and are just learning the principles and techniques of energy efficient building technology (don’t be the guinea pig for someone practicing) come to a company where the people know what they are doing.

ENERGY INVESTIGATIONS:

A trained and experienced professional in energy efficient building technology visits your home or building one time, and performs the energy audit. The trained professional interviews the owner or their designate first before proceeding. The interview provides valuable information about the problems and difficulties experienced by the owners and occupants.

We base the cost of a residential energy audit on the square footage of the building. The cost also includes the square footage of the basement, a roundtrip travel distance time of 60 minutes or less, and one HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning). We include the basement square footage in the pricing because as much as 30% of a building’s energy loss occurs in the basement and the remedies vary. Pricing is subject to change for greater travel time and additional HVAC systems. Payment is due at the time of inspection.

Cost for a visual residential audit:
Up to 3,000 square feet including basement $400
Up to 4,000 square feet including basement $500
Over 4,000 square feet TBD

Blower door testing:

Sometimes we recommend that a blower door test be performed in conjunction with the visual inspection. The blower door test measures the gross air leakage in your home’s building envelope. (All boundaries of a building that separate the indoor controlled environment from the outdoor elements; all areas of walls, roofs/ceilings, floors, windows, and doors make up the building envelope/thermal package.) It also provides data needed to establish minimum ventilation requirements based on building occupancy. The results of a blower door test provide a quantifiable baseline of a building’s air leakage required by some loan or rebate programs. Air leakage is just one of the factors that cause energy loss in a building.

Cost for a blower door test:

Up to 4,000 square feet including basement add an addtional $250
Over 4,000 square feet TBD

Infrared Scanning:When a structure has multiple dormers, one or more additions, or was built prior to 1970, etc infrared scanning maybe recommened in conjunction with the visual audit with blower door testing. Infrared scanning is the use of thermal imaging to locate hard to find/ hidden “trouble spots” in a building.

Cost for infrared scanning:

Up to 4,000 square feet including basement add an addtional $200
Over 4,000 square feet TBD

Commercial audit pricing available upon request.

For information and scheduling contact us at 610-384-7866





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