Never Pay High Energy Bills Again And Be More Comfortable.
For the past 30 years, I’ve heard from many individuals telling me, “I want to be cold in my home in the summer and warm in the winter. I also want my utility bills to be as low as possible. Can you help me?” You’re probably thinking that you’ve said the very same thing. I also thought this way for many years too, until I began to “decode” what I was hearing. I started to realize that what those clients were actually trying to say to me was, “I want to be comfortable in my home, while not wasting my hard earned money, paying high energy bills for a comfort level that doesn’t meet my expectations.” Does this sound like what you have been trying to say?
In fact, as American families begin to look for ways to manage their budget, rising energy costs and the money they spend to stay on top of them, top the list of concerns.
● Every single American household consumes energy.
● The price of energy is at 30 year highs, and rising, with no end in sight.
● Several proposed Clean Air, Energy, and Climate bills threaten to send utility rates to unprecedented levels.
● Every American consumer surveyed would like to save money on their energy bills.
● In addition to energy concerns, the vast majority of homeowners we work with also suffer from what we call “comfort” issues in their home. [Indoor air quality issues, Moisture and humidity, Dust, dirt, and allergens, Noticeably drafty areas, Big temperature differences from room to room, Building durability issues, And more…]
Many homeowners are aware of how inefficient their homes are when it comes to energy usage. They are scrambling to figure out what to improve on their homes. Do I need new windows or doors, new HVAC system, or my ducts sealed? All of these improvements represent significant investments for the average homeowner and the more research they do, the more confused they become.
Energy conservation service and home performance has been built on one simple idea that homeowners
everywhere have home energy issues that are not easily solved and, more importantly, are not easily assigned to a specific trade.
For high electric bills, who should I call?
An Air Conditioning and Heating Company?
Your Power Company?
For problems with airborne intruders like dust, dirt and allergens, where do I start?
A Window Company?
An Insulation Company?
An Air Conditioning and Heating Company?
The reality is that there is no right answer, because no matter whom you choose to start with, you would be guessing. Guessing can be frustrating and costly. What the average consumer has been clamoring for is affordable, unbiased advice from a third party expert. That is exactly what an energy audit from Home Energy Consultants™ provides.
Energy auditing, the application of a holistic building science approach to determine wasteful energy use, has been used in the commercial and industrial sectors for decades. It was, and still is, known as Building Performance. For years, businesses with high energy usage and critical mechanical systems have been using building performance experts armed with specialized knowledge and equipment to manage energy efficiency and to prevent mechanical breakdown. Today, with the government, the green movement, and the economy all pushing homeowners toward fiscal and environmental conservation, the demand for anything that will help consumers save money on their energy is at an all-time high. At the same time, we at Home Energy Consultants™ have 30 years of experience applying those same principles of building science to residential homes.
A true comprehensive energy audit, like the “Energy Bill Reduction Plan” performed by Home Energy Consultants™, addresses both energy consumption and comfort issues within a home. Why? Because both can usually be traced back to the same, or similar, root causes.
Why Get A Home Energy Audit?
Your home is one of the most important and expensive investments you will make. A professional Home Energy Audit performed by Home Energy Consultants™ can help you minimize the energy costs of that investment. Home Energy Consultants™ performs accurate and unbiased energy audits, focused on providing you with the information needed to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.
Specific goals of a true energy audit are to:
● Identify the type, size, condition, and rate of energy consumption for each major energy using device.
● Recommend appropriate energy conservation, operation, and maintenance procedures.
● Estimate labor and material costs for energy retrofits.
● Project savings expected from energy retrofits.
● Note the current and potential health and safety problems and how they may be affected by proposed changes.
● Explain behavioral changes that create energy waste.
● Provide a written record of decision making.
What is a Home Energy Audit and what does it include?
At Home Energy Consultants™, we “Solve the Energy Puzzle” for you. Our “Energy Bill Reduction Plan” allows us to identify and solve the energy issues in your home by addressing common problems, along with usually hidden and difficult-to-determine causes of inefficient energy use. Using state-of-the-art specialized equipment, the Home Energy Consultant™ team will identify exactly what is causing your energy and comfort issues and partner with you to find the most appropriate solution to your home’s unique situation.
First, our auditor will discuss your specific concerns and challenges, as they relate to the overall energy requirements of your home. Next, a Blower Door is mounted in a door frame. This variable speed fan is used to pressurize and depressurize your house, allowing us to identify where quality conditioned air may be escaping, and how unwanted dust, allergens, and moisture may be getting in. Then, the auditor will scan a variety of critical areas with an infrared camera. This infrared scan is critical to the process, as it provides instant feedback regarding your home’s greatest inefficiencies. Finally, the auditor will import his findings into a detailed report that prioritizes correction strategies and outlines an improvement plan that’s ready to go.
The energy audit usually takes just a few hours and is affordable for most homeowners. Most importantly, because you are a part of the audit process, you’ll understand the report, as well as the Home Energy Consultants™ team’s recommendations.
What are the required certifications of a Home Energy Auditor?
At this time, there is no required certification for home energy auditors. However, Home Energy Consultants™ auditors are RESNET-certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) raters, trained in residential energy and home energy auditing in accordance with National Energy Audit Standards through a RESNET approved HERS training program. Gary Parr, founder and President of Home Energy Consultants™, is a licensed HVAC professional and has helped many people, over his 30 year career, save energy and solve problems associated with environmental issues.
What do homeowners say about the audit process?
“A big WOW!”
“The essential first step in Energy Reduction”
“Before the audit, we felt like we were facing a lot of major issues and had no idea where to begin.”
“Without the Energy Audit, we would have been lost in unfamiliar territory, without the first clue where to start.”
“The Audit identified several problems with work I had already had done. This resulted in me getting the original contractor to make the needed corrections, found by the audit, at no charge.”
“It’s worth the time and money invested and the information you get is useful and eye opening.”
“I wished I would have just known to get the Energy Audit first. I could have saved much more than I did trying to make improvements without a plan in place.”
Can’t I do an energy audit myself?
There are various online tools and guides available to give you an idea of potential sources of home energy loss. Even the best of those tools recommend that the homeowner follow up with a professional energy audit that includes a “Blower Door” test for air tightness.
A home energy professional has the experience, knowledge and training to make detailed documentation of a home’s energy properties, in order to generate an unbiased and informed report of the energy consumption of a home. The energy professional is familiar with the energy properties of different types of home construction, and understands how different components and appliances in your home work together as a system.
Getting an Energy Audit will help you manage your energy consumption (average savings of 30% from audit suggestions), stop energy loss (older homes save more), energy assessments pay dividends (up to 16% return on investment), help you qualify for available Federal and State Tax Credits, increase the comfort of your home, and increase your home’s value.
Have you been trying to solve your home’s comfort issues and energy concerns, but just don’t know where to start? Schedule an Energy Audit with Home Energy Consultants™ and ask for the Energy Bill reduction Plan.
Home Energy Consultants™ Founder and President, Gary Parr, has been a leader in energy efficiency, energy conservation services, and home performance, since 1985. Gary has been instrumental in several high profile projects, including a Home Energy Makeover in 2009, where the audit process was used to guide the improvements of a home built in 1978 to a 55% savings in electrical usage. This same house earned a Green Remodeling certification from the National Association of Home Builders. At that time, this was the most energy efficient certified home remodel in the Houston area. In 2011, Gary and his team at Home Energy Consultants™ used their “Energy Bill Reduction Plan” to reduce the Garcia family’s energy bills by 65% and earned a second certification from the NHBA, “Emerald” status, which is the highest level awarded. Gary was also a consultant for the Drummond house that was awarded LEED Platinum status and tested to be 32 on the HERS rating index. This home was 50% more efficient then an average Energy Star home built today. Gary is a licensed HVAC professional and has been educating consumers on a weekly basis as host of the popular “Thirty Green” radio show for the past 6 ½ years. Gary truly has the heart of a teacher in his approach with customers and listeners alike.
Home Energy Consultants™
“Solving Your Energy Puzzle!”
Gary Parr, Owner