An Energy What?

Most homeowners know what type of roof is on their house, or what their kitchen countertop is made of. However, many homeowners have no idea how well sealed their home is from the outside or how much insulation is in their attic.

“Folks know whether or not they are satisfied with the comfort of their home,” says Brad Smith of EnergySmart, “ but it is not until they have an energy assessment or work with one of our free energy advisors that they have enough information to take control of the comfort and health of their home.” A home energy assessment helps the resident pinpoint where energy is being wasted and what can be done to save money. An energy auditor will also assess health and safety issues that may exist in a home.

An assessment takes 2 to 3 hours and consists of a set of diagnostic tests that collect specific data. For example, an auditor will use a blower door and an infrared camera to evaluate how leaky or tight a home is, and pinpoint where a home leaks to the outside. Heating and cooling equipment along with all gas lines and appliances will be thoroughly inspected to make sure they are operating safely. A home and all its parts function as one system, and the goal of an assessment is to learn how to make this system more efficient.

Once the information is collected, an action list is created based on the homeowner’s priorities. These actions range from no-cost and low-cost solutions to large projects.

“We meet residents where they are,” says Nikola, an energy advisor for EnergySmart. “Whether a customer wants a DIY project or something larger, we have the resources to assist them every step of the way.” The actions taken by the homeowner after the energy assessment will help keep their home cool in the summer, warm in the winter and healthy all year long.

On the open market a home energy assessment costs around $385, but the EnergySmart program lowers the price to $185 for residents in all Boulder County communities. EnergySmart even gives the homeowner energy-saving items such as LED light bulbs and sink aerators so the homeowner can begin saving money the same day as the assessment. After the energy assessment is completed, a free energy advisor can answer questions, help prioritize projects, find qualified contractors, and apply for incentives and low-cost financing.

Take control of your home’s comfort and safety today with a little guidance from an energy assessment. For more information about energy assessments and what you can do to make your home more efficient, call EnergySmart at 303-544-1000.

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