My clients learn how they can save money, conserve energy, increase comfort and protect the environment.
Throwing Money Away
Most homeowners throw away hundreds of dollars every year in wasted energy. They’re throwing away the equivalent of a brand new mountain bike or a really nice gas grill, or a weekend getaway vacation--because their home is wasting energy. And wasting energy is like throwing away money.
The typical American home wastes energy. We know that out of the approximately 130 million homes in the U.S., 80 million were built between 1980 and 2000, which means that they pre-date modern energy standards and are associated with higher energy use and operating costs per square foot. We also know that the average American household spends about $2,500 on energy every year. But what most homeowners don’t know is that about 30% of that energy--and 30% of that money--is wasted.
Many homeowners could save hundreds of dollars every year without really changing their lifestyle. My Home Energy Report provides simple, basic, prescriptive measures that my clients can take to reduce their energy bills, while making their homes more comfortable.
Your home energy evaluation report will provide customized recommendations for your home, simple information that is clearly presented and easy to understand. Home energy improvements not only save you money on your home energy costs, but also improve the comfort of your home, as well as your families' health and safety, not to mention your home's potential resale value.
The online report provides you with a prescriptive package of energy upgrades designed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that's tailored to your property location’s climate and is expected to deliver at least 20-40% in energy savings, which is in line with the goal of the DOE’s Better Buildings Program.
The Home Energy Report™ applies a fixed, standardized retrofit cost (from NREL's National Residential Efficiency Measures Database) and generates recommendations that provide the highest performance level with a payback time of 10 years or less.
The following two categories and specific upgrades are currently recommended by the report:
Type 1: Improvements and upgrades recommended now--these can help save energy right away.
Type 2: Recommendations for when equipment needs to be replaced—these recommendations will help save energy when it's time to replace or upgrade equipment or systems.
The recommendations are ordered according to how quickly they will pay back on your investment. Those with the fastest and greatest payback are listed first. The payback is calculated based on a national database of estimated installation costs and average utility rates for your home state. Carbon reduction is based on a database of estimated average carbon release from power plants in your home’s region.
To generate a Home Energy Report I will collect about 40 data points in your home related to energy. I will then use a reporting tool that interfaces with the Home Energy Saver™ of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the engine that powers InterNACHI's Home Energy Report™ to produce your personalized Home Energy Report.
As your Home Energy Inspector, I can complete a Home Energy Report™ in an extra 15 minutes, if done as part of a general home inspection, and in approximately one hour, if done as a stand-alone inspection service.