Home Energy Assessment and Audit

energy-assessmentAn Energy Audit, also known as a Home Energy Assessment, is the first step to assess how much energy your home or business consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. Energy Audits will show you problems that already exist. When corrected they can save you significant amounts of money over time.

Fontenot Insulations BPI (Building Performance Institute) certified auditors will perform all energy assessments to determine the best approach to maximizing your homes energy efficiency while ensuring safe living conditions and increasing your homes level of comfort.

Preparing for an Energy Assessment

Before the energy auditor visits your house, make a list of any existing problems such as condensation and uncomfortable or drafty rooms. Have copies or a summary of the home’s yearly energy bills. (Your utility can get these for you.) Auditors use this information to establish what to look for during the audit. The auditor first examines the outside of the home to determine the size of the house and its features (i.e., wall area, number and size of windows). The auditor then will analyze the residents’ behavior:

  • Is anyone home during working hours?
  • What is the average thermostat setting for summer and winter?
  • How many people live here?
  • Is every room in use?

Your answers may help uncover some simple ways to reduce your household’s energy consumption. Walk through your home with the auditors as they work, and ask questions. They may use equipment to detect sources of energy loss, such as blower doors, infrared cameras, furnace efficiency meters, and surface thermometers. (Source: Energy.Gov)