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Professional Energy Audit Explained

Why would we need a professional energy audit?
How much money can we save?
What parts of my house will be evaluated?
What is a thermographic building scan ?
What is the process of the audit?
What computer program does CES use for simulation?

Is it necessary that I be present during the audit?
What type of information will I receive?
How much does it cost?
Where does CES work?
When does CES work?
How long does an audit take?
What is the process to hire CES?

Why would we need a professional energy audit?
Because you cannot afford not to have one.  The monetary, environmental, and political cost of fuel increases every day for all of us. Thankfully, there is a plethora of information about reducing your personal expenditure on the web - including our site :) Additionally, every measure taken towards energy efficiency has a cost and benefit relating specifically to your personal situation.  Without proper guidance you will be unable to make the most effective modifications.

For example, replacing the windows in your house is a measure that will cost thousands of dollars and take several years to pay for itself.  Depending on your specific situation, there may be less expensive options that will produce much greater savings.  Since we operate independently of any manufacturers, you will get unbiased direction and advice to save you the most money.

How much money can we save?
Because each home and every homeowner is different there is no established percentage of utility savings per audit.  However, upon receiving your energy audit from CES, you will have a detailed report that outlines the different measures you can take with surprisingly accurate projections of actual savings.  We can even run monetary projections based on interest rates to help you identify projects that, if financed, would result in a cash savings from day one.

What parts of my house will be evaluated?
Simply put, our audit will take into account nearly everything in your home that uses energy.  Since the majority of energy usage comes from heating and cooling the home, our largest area of focus is the building envelope and the heating and cooling elements.  We also look at the other major appliances: water heater, clothes washer and dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, etc. to determine if any improvements could be made in their operating efficiency or if it would be cost effective to replace them with more energy efficient model. 

What is a thermographic building scan?
gAn infrared scan is the most effective diagnostic procedure for determining the thermal performance of a structure envelope is thermal imaging. Thermography identifies surface temperature variations of the building envelope, which are directly related to problems in structure, thermal bridging, moisture content, and air leakage.  These problems are the largest source of energy loss in most homes.
 
It can be used to find hidden heating and cooling losses due to moisture intrusion, inadequate or non-existent insulation, and poor construction.  Fixing the problems will have a major impact on increasing energy efficiency, structural integrity, and individual comfort. Early correction of the faults identified can also prevent extensive damage in the future. with a smoke puffer to determine the best locations for additional weatherization measures.

What is the process of the audit?
A CES energy audit is a very comprehensive process.  It begins with a thorough face-to-face education session and client interview identifying energy usage and home comfort concerns.  We then review past utility bills with the client.  (It is preferred to have at least the past 12 months of billing statements available for review) When all major concerns have been identified, we perform a thorough examination of the exterior and interior of the home, taking note of any opportunities for energy savings. We also run a blower door test to identify the current level of air leakage and conduct an infrared thermal scan to identify potential problems. We then sit with the client and explain our major findings and answer any additional questions. Once back at the office we produce a detailed report expaining our findings that will be mailed to you within a week.  After the audit is complete, our clients are encouraged to call us back at any time for questions and advice regarding the results for absolutely no additional cost.

What computer program does CES use for simulation?
CES uses a program named REM/Rate Version 12.4. This is considered to be the most accurate and comprehensive tool in the industry and is one of only two programs currently accredited for home energy rating by RESNET.

Is it necessary that I be present during the audit?
Absolutely.

What type of information will I receive?
After the energy audit has been completed, we provide our clients with a bound report that identifies their current energy usage breakdown.  It also includes detailed explanation of what improvements and changes can be made to reduce energy consumption.  For an example of a customer report, click here.  The report clearly details the current energy load of the building and offers suggestions for the changes that will be most beneficial.  The report will also include instructions for do-it-yourself projects and maintenance that can dramatically reduce your energy consumption.  After the energy audit has been completed, all our clients are encouraged to call us at any time to discuss any aspect of the audit.

How much does it cost?
For an average sized single-family home(<3500 ft2), a comprehensive CES energy audit costs $199.  That includes a thorough evaluation of the home, thermographic scanning, computer model simulation, current usage and improvement reports, and lifetime access to our energy saving question and answer hotline.  For commercial enterprises, multi-family homes, and homes larger than 3500 ft2, contact us for pricing details.

Where does CES work?
Located in the Manayunk area of Philadelphia, we service clients within the Philadelphia city limits and throughout the Delaware Valley as shown in this picture. We are very willing to travel outside this range but will include an additional transportation charge.  If you have any questions regarding whether we operate in your location, please contact us. If you live outside our servicing region, we will be happy to locate a qualified professional in your region to handle your energy evaluation needs for no charge. Don't live near us, find environmental consultants near you

When does CES work?
At CES we are truly committed to servicing our clients.  We recognize and value the importance of your time and are willing to perform energy audits in the evening, on the weekend, or during holidays if that will be best for you.  We also promise to arrive at a specific time, not a time range.  If you need an energy audit on October 31st at midnight, we will gladly accommodate you - in costume!  Contact us to arrange a convenient time.

How long does an audit take?
An energy audit can take between 2 and 4 hours, depending upon the square footage, equipment, questions, and many other incidental factors.  We politely ask that you allot an appropriate amount of time for our testing, evaluation, and discussion.  Our interest is in providing the greatest service possible.

What is the process to hire CES?
Simply contact us by filling out the form here, send an email to contactus@ces215.com, or give us a call at (215) 440-9190 any time.  We will be happy to schedule a convenient time to perform a home energy audit for you.  If you have any questions regarding our policies and procedures, please contact us.



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