A home energy checkup helps owners determine where their house is losing energy and money – and how such problems can be corrected to make the home more energy efficient. A professional technician – often called an energy auditor – can give your home a checkup. You can also do some of the steps yourself. Items shown here include checking for leaks, examining insulation, inspecting the furnace and ductwork, performing a blower door test and using an infrared camera.

Professional energy assessments generally go 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. Many professional energy assessments will include a blower door test. Most will also include a thermographic scan. There’s also another type of test — the PFT air infiltration measurement technique — but it is rarely offered. Check out theEnergy Saver 101 home energy audit infographic to get an idea of what energy auditors look for and the special tools they use to determine where a home is wasting energy.

PREPARING FOR AN ENERGY ASSESSMENT

 Before the energy auditor visits your house, make a list of any existing problems such as condensation and uncomfortable or drafty rooms. Have copies or a summary of the home’s yearly energy bills. (Your utility can get these for you.) Auditors use this information to establish what to look for during the audit. The auditor first examines the outside of the home to determine the size of the house and its features (i.e., wall area, number and size of windows). The auditor then will analyze the residents’ behavior:
  1. Is anyone home during working hours?
  2. What is the average thermostat setting for summer and winter?
  3. How many people live here?
  4. Is every room in use?

COMPREHENSIVE HOME ENERGY ASSESSMENT VIDEO FOR NYSERDA’S ​HOME PERFORMANCE WITH ENERGY STAR PROGRAM

A more comfortable, energy-efficient home is within reach. Start with a comprehensive home energy assessment (free for most New Yorkers!), and then you and your qualified contractor can make a plan to cut your energy waste, and your energy bills. Watch an assessment in process to see how it works, and how one homeowner gained valuable insights.
Most homeowners qualify for free or low-cost Comprehensive Home Assessment (CHA). Which is a top to bottom analysis of your home’s energy use including; a visual inspection, health & safety tests, energy efficiency tests, software analysis & proposing solutions in a report you receive a copy of. The site visit takes about 3 hours to complete and you are under no obligation to continue any further. ​ Although Grants, Incentives & Financing may allow you to move forward on the project and help you invest in the home saving money for the long term. If you live in it then your daily comfort level will also increase. Do not hesitate and wait for another Cold Winter or Hot Summer.

Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®

Free home energy assessments and grants of up to $4,000 to pay up to 50 percent of the cost of energy upgrades ​

This program works just like the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Homeowners begin with a comprehensive home energy assessment, then make energy efficiency upgrades with the help of a participating Home Performance contractor. The major difference is that with Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, income-eligible households can qualify for a grant up to $4,000 to pay up to 50 percent of your energy efficiency project. Two-to-four unit residential buildings with additional income-eligible households can qualify for a grant up to $8,000.
​The major difference is that with Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, income-eligible households can qualify for a grant up to $4,000 to pay up to 50 percent of your energy efficiency project. Two-to-four unit residential buildings with additional income-eligible households can qualify for a grant up to $8,000.

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TO SCHEDULE YOUR FREE OR REDUCED-COST HOME ENERGY AUDIT:

CONTACT

Steve Gilbert, Program Manager

CEM®, EBCP™; BPI® Certified: Envelope, Heating Professional, & Multifamily

Steve@EnergyProInsulation.com

(718) 984-7211 (O)  / (646) 373-1023 (C)

We are always able to give a FREE ESTIMATE for Residential and Commercial work; Take advantage of the Subsidies and Low-Interest Financing Options via the NYSERDA Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.  We will be happy to assist you with any questions or guidance filling out your application(s).

A home energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. An assessment will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?

A professional energy audit gives you a thorough picture of where your home is losing energy and what you can do to save money.

You can save 5%-30% on your energy bill by making upgrades following a home energy assessment.

You may be eligible for state, local, or utility incentives to assist with your home energy audit. Visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency to find out.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

An energy auditor will walk through your home, review your bills, and conduct a blower door test or thermographic scan.Some utilities offer free or discounted home energy audits. Contact yours to find out if this incentive is available.

Blower Door Tests.

Professional energy auditors use blower door tests to help determine a home’s airtightness. Energy Saver 101 infographic explains the importance of a blower door test during a home energy audit.

​STEPS FOR RESIDENTIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY

INCENTIVES AND FINANCING