A home energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit, assesses how your home loses or wastes energy and what measures you can take to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. An assessment will show you problems that may, when corrected, will have a dramatic effect on your home’s overall comfort and will save you significant amounts of money over time.
The audit uses specialized equipment and expertly trained individuals to uncover ways to make your home comfortable, energy efficient, and healthy. Energy auditors carry professional credentials from the Building Performance Institute to indicate they have met the required professional and educational prerequisites and are certified to the highest standard in the industry.
The assessment goes into great detail to assess your home's energy use. The energy auditor will do a room-by-room examination of the residence, as well as a thorough examination of past utility bills. An assessment will include a blower door test and a thermographic scan of the walls in your home to assess the amount of insulation in your home’s walls.
Your home is as unique as you are. It will take a certified home energy professional to evaluate your home and your family’s specific needs. It will also take a certified specialist to make those upgrades to your home. It’s not rocket science, but it is building science.
An important part of the home energy audit is the combustion safety testing performed on your heating equipment. It focuses on three main areas; gas leakage, exhaust leakage, and carbon monoxide levels. Exposed gas pipes and fittings are tested for leakage to ensure they are properly sealed. The exhaust pressure of your mechanical equipment is tested and exhaust is examined for excessive levels of carbon monoxide.
Air Leakage & Infiltration
One of the most important pieces of equipment an energy auditor operates is called a blower door, which is used to determine where air is leaking out of your home. If you follow the auditor around while the blower door is running, you might be surprised at what you’d find. Air leaking through face plates on switches and outlets, and escaping around doors, windows, pipes, and under sinks … and all of these places add up. Put them all together and you could have a space the size of a bathroom window -- maybe even bigger -- that’s constantly open. The blower door test is a good way to learn why your house isn’t comfortable. This is usually the biggest source of energy loss in a home, and sealing those gaps is one of the quickest ways to make your home more comfortable and efficient.
With the power of a home energy audit, you can get the answers you need to make smart, budget-friendly upgrades to your home. Speed your decision making process with our easy-to-understand savings projections, comprehensive project pricing, and our detailed incentive breakdowns. Solve comfort issues with the help of our experienced Ciel Home Performance Consultants who provide the most personalized customer experience in the industry. Making home improvements is tough - we want to help simplify the process.
Up To $19,000 Worth Of Cash & Financing Incentives Is Available To Help Offset the Cost Of Installing Recommended Upgrades
Apply up to $19,000 worth of financial incentives towards improving the comfort of your home while lowering seasonal heating and cooling costs. Cash-back incentives available through the NJ Clean Energy program in the amount of $2,000, $3,000, or $4,000 help you save money and extend your home improvement dollars. Incentive financing totaling $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 give you comfortable payment options to meet your needs and your budget.
Additionally, a previously expired federal tax credit was renewed retroactively in December of 2015 with the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act. This recently renewed tax credit provides homeowners with a federal tax credit of up to $500 for energy efficiency improvements to their homes for installations installed during the 2016 calendar year.
Energy is so much a part of life that we often use it without thinking about its sources and impacts on the environment. Most of the energy used by our homes is generated from burning fossil fuels like coal, gas or oil. Today, fossil fuels provide around 66 percent of the world’s electrical power, and 95 percent of the world’s total energy demands. Accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, released from burning of fossil fuel, contributes to global warming and triggers changes in surrounding environment and, ultimately, on our social and economic realities. Increasing efficiency of energy consumption is likely one of the most straightforward and practical ways to climate change mitigation.