An energy audit is a diagnostic analysis on your home or business and its efficiency. The audit consists of a series of tests that tell you exactly how inefficient your home is and how much money your losing each month due to these inefficiencies.After performing these tests, our auditors use computer software to determine savings potential and improvement costs. All of our findings are provided to you in a detailed written report (including infrared images) that will serve as a road map to improving your building’s energy efficiency. We also submit a report to Efficiency Vermont so that you are eligible for any available incentives.
On average, air leaks account for 40% of building energy use. With the use of a blower door and infrared imaging we can pinpoint the leaks in your home. Air leakage or infiltration occur when outside air enters a house uncontrollably through cracks or openings. Properly air sealing such cracks and openings in your home or building can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs, improve building durability and create a healthier indoor environment.
Insulation allows your home to retain heat in the winter and keep it out in the summer. The more heat your home retains, the less fuel you have to buy. We evaluate your existing insulation to determine its performance and how to improve your home’s heat retention.
Blown in loose or dense packed cellulose is a superior insulation because (unlike fiberglass) it forms around objects perfectly. Made from recycled newspaper, this is some of the most environmentally sound insulation available, and is ideal for filling in wall cavities or ceilings.
We provide a full range of spray foam options, including closed cell and open cell.
During your audit we test your heating system for efficiency and carbon monoxide levels. No one type of heating system is perfect for every house. By testing your current system and planning insulation and air sealing improvements we determine if a heating system upgrade makes sense for your home.
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We provide installation of mineral wool.
Attic access doors/hatches are not insulated nor are they air tight. This lack of insulation and air sealing allows heat to escape up into the attic in the winter and brings hot air int the home in the summer.
Before we insulate or air seal a building, we need to make sure moisture is not going to be trapped in the house and cause problems down the road. Dirt floored basements and crawl spaces need to be sealed off to minimize moisture movement into the house by using vapor barriers.
Leaky duct work doesn’t just waste energy, it can cause serious Indoor Air Quality problems. Sealing ducts saves energy and creates a healthier environment can save up to 10% on heating costs.
Cold Climate Heat Pumps heat and cool your home at a fraction of the cost of conventional heating and cooling. Coupled with your existing oil or propane heating system, these hyper-efficient and quiet heat pumps work even in sub-zero temperatures to comfortably and efficiently heat your home. During summer these units reverse and efficiently keep your home cool.
CCHPs are an energy-efficient alternative to fossil fueled heating systems and air conditioners – even in colder climates and climates with moderate cooling needs.
When properly installed, a CCHP can deliver three times more heat energy to a home than the electrical energy it consumes (Source: U.S. Department of Energy). As a result, these systems can provide heat at a higher efficiency and lower cost than electric resistance heating, oil, or propane heating systems—and in some cases, for a lower cost than gas heating as well.
Installing a CCHP unit is relatively easy. You don’t have to dig up your yard to dig a well or have major duct work completed in your house. The units can be installed as a retrofit.
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