An energy audit is the first step to increasing your home’s efficiency. The audit report provides a comprehensive list of upgrades to increase your home’s efficiency. Our team can help you make these energy upgrades!
We have years of experience performing energy upgrades to homes. Our partner company, William D. Wooden Enterprises, is part of our energy upgrade team. Their impeccable reputation, combined with our keen eye for energy efficiency, ensures your home will receive the best possible care and the highest quality work available.
Recommended energy upgrades can vary for each home based on the results of an individual audit report. The energy upgrades most commonly needed include:
- Sealing air leaks and adding insulation – Air leaks allow conditioned air to escape your home, and allow unconditioned exterior air to impact your home’s energy use. Upgrading insulation can be an important energy move, as many older homes are poorly insulated or have no insulation at all. Properly installed insulation in attics, walls, and floors provides for more even temperatures throughout the house and results in a quieter, more comfortable living environment that is less costly to heat and cool.
- Window air sealing and/or replacement – Windows and the space around windows naturally lose energy. The hole cut in the home’s exterior to place the window creates a vulnerable space in the home’s exterior. If not properly sealed or through shifting as a home pages, conditioned air can escape the home. Additionally, glass has one of the lowest energy values (also known as r-value) of any building material. Leaky panes or single pane windows could be recommended for replacement.
- Door air sealing and/or replacement – Similar to windows, the hole cut in a home’s exterior creates a point for energy loss. Through natural aging or improper installation, most doors benefit from air sealing. If the door is quite old, replacing the door may be recommended.
- Sealing and insulating ductwork – Many homes have leaky ductwork and poor airflow. This results in conditioned air not reaching its intended destination, but rather leaking into the basement or another area where having conditioned air isn’t a priority. Insulating ductwork in attics and crawl spaces as well as balancing the duct system to optimize airflow to all rooms can reduce energy usage and increase your home’s overall comfort.
- Improving heating and cooling systems – Heating and cooling your home can account for up to 50% of your home’s energy use. Installed correctly, high-efficiency ENERGY STAR units can help you save on heating and cooling costs.
- Upgrading lighting and appliances – Energy used for lighting and appliances can account for 25% of your home’s total energy consumption. Upgrading with ENERGY STAR qualified products may be recommended to further reduce your energy consumption.