|Home energy audit equipment available to local contractors|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
As the temperatures fell lower last week and the dreaded heating bill rises, people begin to think a little more heartily about sealing up homes against all possible energy leaks. This is a wise thing to do, and, surprisingly, no more expensive now than in the middle of summer.
The first step is ordering a whole-home energy audit. With rebates that are still available, it’s in fact—less expensive.
A Home Energy Audit includes a close investigation of energy use/loss within the home and where energy is either inefficient or actually being lost throughout the structure.
A basic audit consists of a simple walkthrough of a qualified individual who points out obvious losses of energy throughout the home. A thorough audit is one where pictures of heat-loss are taken, recommendations are discussed and a report is given. (Note: most auditors don’t perform the work they recommend, although some contractors are now expanding into this area.)
A complete home energy audit includes a temporary installation of a blower door that changes in home air pressure. An infrared camera or smoke gun is then used to discover areas where air is moving into or out of the structure (leaks). The thorough auditor will also inspect the insulation in your attic and crawlspace.
The blower door, infrared camera and associated equipment to complete the entire audit are very expensive. This equipment also requires specialized training in order to operate the equipment properly.
Funds to purchase some of this audit equipment were recently granted to Golden Plains Inc., a non-profit affiliated with CSU Extension in northeast Colorado, by the Governor’s Energy Office.
This equipment will be available by lease-per-audit basis to BPI-certified people or contractors throughout the region who install heating or air conditioning equipment and/or insulation.
The equipment can assist in giving a visual picture of energy loss in a home. This will then correlate to the benefits of air-sealing a house, installing insulation or installing new and higher efficient heating and cooling equipment.
Interestingly enough, not only are rebates still available, but, if people implement some of the recommendations, they’ll also qualify for federal tax credits (tax credits were extended for energy savings) against the 2011 income tax bill to the government.
Whether one is interested in receiving an audit (and the rebates affiliated with them) or in using the equipment on a lease-per-audit basis or simply have energy efficiency or renewable energy questions, contact Tim Edgar at 970-522-3200 ext. 276 or Rich Mullaney at 970-466-2355.