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Q: What is an energy audit, do I need one?

An energy audit is a diagnostic test performed on a home to determine its energy efficiency. Our team uses state-of-the art tools (including a blower door test & infrared camera) to find areas where your home is leaking air, testing leakage in ductwork, windows, doors, and other areas. Energy audits effectively measure several components of home efficiency, including HVAC, insulation, windows, doors, ductwork, and building perimeter (or “envelope”). At the end of each audit, our team generates a report that includes estimated costs and annual savings for each of the possible solutions. These reports help outline which upgrade would be most cost effective.

At California Energy Services, we encourage all Foothills area property owners interested in an energy audit to start with a free assessment. We will send an energy specialist to your home or business who will talk to you about your goals and concerns, and make recommendations based on key findings. If you decide you would like to move forward with an energy audit, the specialist will schedule the test as well as a free followup to go over the report with you.

Q: What do I get out of an energy audit?

An energy audit is the best way to find out the nitty-gritty details of why your Folsom-area home uses as much energy as it does as well as where energy loss happens. The detailed and eye-opening report generated from the audit shows you where the property is most inefficient (i.e. where it is losing money), and it includes estimated costs and annual savings for each of the possible solutions. Homeowners who get the test done on their home (whether it’s a 50-year-old home or one that was just built) are typically shocked to find out how poorly their home is performing. People who previously wanted to change out their windows, for example, are sometimes surprised to find their old single panes are actually costing money anyway! Others learn that their brand-new HVAC is being funneled out through leaking and un-insulated ductwork.

Instead of looking at your utility bill and resolving to use the AC less or open the windows more, play it smart: find out specifically where your Sacramento area home is losing energy with an energy audit.

Q: What are the most common upgrades you suggest after an audit?

Since every home (even a tract home) is different, our team handles a wide variety of needs and thus has a range solutions that are tailored to each home. Some homes need almost every upgrade offered, and some can be remedied by a building seal or adding a little insulation. Generally, our suggestions fall in the categories of insulation, air sealing, and windows and door upgrades.

While we can often get an idea where a home is at based on a visual inspection, the report generated from the energy audit details exactly where the property is most inefficient and losing money, and it also includes estimated costs and annual savings for each of the possible solutions. Our energy specialists will follow up with you free of charge to go over the results, and help you decide which is the most cost effective upgrade for your individual needs and budget.

Q: How long does an energy assessment take?

Energy audits typically take 30-45 minutes, depending on the questions you have for the inspector.

Q: If I schedule an appointment, do I have to buy something?

The energy assessment is no-cost, no-obligation service. The inspector will be able to give you detailed recommendations based on your home’s needs and your concerns.

Q: Does my spouse have to be present?

Since there are lots of ways to make your home energy efficient, we ask that all decision-makers are present for the energy audit. It’s important to hear from each homeowner in order to ensure everyone’s needs and expectations are met.

Q: I want to schedule an energy audit. What do I do?

There are a few questions we can go over to decide which appointment would benefit you the most.

Get started now! Give us a call at 916-737-1107.

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