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FAQ--Energy Services

What is an Energy Audit? 

A home energy audit determines how much energy your home uses, and how it loses energy through air leaks, missing insulation, and other factors. 

A home energy audit also determines the efficiency of your home's heating and cooling systems, as well as your hot water heater. These can be major factors in your heating and air conditioning costs, and you costs for hot water. 

We examine all aspects of your home, and how you use it that affect your energy costs, and tell you how to lower your costs without lowering your standard of living.

Most importantly, an audit will show you problems that will, when corrected, continue to save you money in your energy bills for the rest of the time you live in the house.

Some things will save a significant amount of money while some may save a little. 

Some things will be very easy to “fix” and some things will be more involved, but by following as many of our recommendations as closely as possible, you will be able to make your home more energy efficient, and a more comfortable place to live at the same time. 

Why do I need an Energy Audit? 

How heat (and A/C) is produced, distributed, and (most importantly) lost in your home is quite involved. 

Some things are obvious. You certainly don't need a professional to tell you that if you have old drafty windows, you should change them for new high insulating windows, but there are many factors that are not so obvious, or are hard to detect. 

You may be losing heat (or A/C) through areas of your home you never thought of. 

For example, you may be losing heat (or A/C) because there is no insulation in part of your wall. How would you know that you are missing insulation without ripping open the wall to see? 

An energy audit can find those kinds of things and much more (without ripping open your walls!). We use an Infrared Camera that can actually SEE THROUGH WALLS, just like Superman using his X-ray vision! 

A “Strictly Business energy audit” checks over 100 separate things, any of which could save you money on your heating and air conditioning costs! 

Will I have to “freeze” in the winter, and “sweat like a pig” in the summer in order to save money on energy? 

Not at all! 

Strictly Business will show you how you can “lower your thermostat” WITHOUT being cold in the winter (Yes, you read that correctly!), and “raise your thermostat” without “sweating” during the summer. 

By following our recommendations, you will be able to be MORE comfortable in your home, AND pay LESS in energy costs. 

Will your recommendations cost me a fortune to do? 

Some of our recommendations won't cost you anything at all to follow. Some of our recommendations cost very little money to follow, and others may involve an investment in your home, that will more than pay for themselves over the time you continue to live in it. 

The government, and many utility companies provide REBATES to help you pay for many home improvements such as high efficiency heating and cooling units. 

YOU GET MONEY BACK JUST FOR MAKING AN IMPROVEMENT that not only saves you money every day you live in the home, but also INCREASES THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME when it comes time to sell it. 

What kinds of things are checked in an energy audit?

In your house, I will check using an infrared camera:

  • Insulation in walls
  • Air leaks through windows and window frames
  • Air leaks around doors
  • Insulation in the attic
  • Heat loss through electric outlets , switches, etc
  • Heat loss through the floor into the basement
  • Heat loss through the ceiling into the attic
  • Heat loss through water pipes
  • Heat loss through heating pipes
  • Heat loss through your windows and doors
  • Weatherstripping under and around doors
  • Any skylights, and how to make good use of them for energy efficiency
  • Air flow in your house, and how it affects your energy bill
  • Heat loss through any fireplaces you may have
  • The type and location of flooring that may influence heat retention
  • Means of heat (A/C) distribution in your home, and how it affects your energy bill
  • Condition and maintenance of radiators (if you have steam or baseboard heat) to maximize their heat radiation into the room.
  • Water leakage in your basement foundation walls.
  • The type, age, and condition of your boiler, and your hot water heater, and any Air Conditioning equipment.
  • Any chimney related issues.

How much money can I save?

That depends on how your house is set up, it's age and condition, how serious your energy leaks are and how many of the recommendations made by our Energy Audit report you can and choose to implement. 

Are there any things that I can check myself, and how will I know what to do about what I find?

There are many things you can check yourself, but it's advisable to hire a professional to assist in your efforts. When searching for air leaks yourself, focus on the big culprits: the attic, and the basement. Look for holes in the walls and ceiling, and check insulation levels in your attic (if you have blown in insulation in the attic, it should come up well above the rafters).

Are there energy saving tips and ideas I can do myself? 

Yes! There are many things you can do around your home and office to help conserve energy. Many of them are NO COST recommendations, and many are LOW COST recommendations. BEST OF ALL, many of the things that cost more to implement have REBATES given by the Federal Government, and by your Utility Company. This not only gives you an energy savings at a REDUCED COST, but also adds to the value of your home, making it more valuable when it comes time to sell it. 

How does an infrared camera work?

An infrared camera takes pictures using heat (infrared radiation) similarly to a camera that forms an image by using visible light. Instead of showing light and dark, an infrared camera shows you hot and cold. This lets me see where heat or A/C is escaping from your home. CLICK HERE for more information on Infrared Cameras. 

What are your qualifications? 

This is my full-time occupation, not a part-time job or a side-line from my “Day Job”. I am a Certified Infrared Thermographer, which means that I have been trained, and have passed both a practical and a written test, in how to use an Infrared Camera to inspect homes (and businesses) for energy efficiency, and heat loss.,br> My training included 40 hours of advanced thermodynamics, which is the study of the flow of heat, as well as the use of an Infrared Camera. 

Understanding heat flow is crucial to understanding energy efficiency, and how your home uses and loses energy. Equally important to my ability to help you, is that I am a Licensed Home Inspector, and have inspected over 1,000 homes of all ages, types, sizes, and conditions, as well as commercial buildings. This gives me the background to recognize problems with a home that may contribute to energy loss, and more importantly, it gives me the ability to recommend cost-effective (sometimes no-cost) repairs that will make your home more comfortable, and more energy efficient as well. 

Do you do Energy Audits for large commercial and office buildings? 

Yes! Commercial and office buildings can save a tremendous amount of money on energy use, and should definitely be checked for energy efficiency! Call for information on how I can help you with your particular building.