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Basic Home Energy Audit

Professional Visual Audit, Assessment and Consulting

A TexEnergy Basic Home Audit is a visual inspection of your home by a Certified Home Energy Rater. Our Raters will evaluate the interior and exterior of your home, as well as review your past utility bills. Upon completion, we provide recommendations and consulting. We offer our basic service to provide options for our customers who are interested in learning more about their home.

Key Benefit:

A Basic Home Energy Audit might confirm what you are thinking about problems in your home and could very likely find other issues that need to be addressed. Our Raters will prescribe practical solutions to resolve these issues. We love the Basic Energy Audit and are excited that you are concerned about your homes energy usage. While a Basic Energy Audit is good, it doesn’t compare to a Comprehensive Home Energy Audit.


So what’s missing? Without advanced diagnostics, you will not have a thorough understanding of the actual performance of your home and the ability to quantify the effectiveness of any suggested home improvements. A Comprehensive Home Energy Audit has the diagnostic tools needed to analyze what the eyes can’t see and the ability to locate whole house issues, that when resolved will provide a more comfortable and energy efficient place to live. Key factors in homeowner decision-making should include economic impact and estimated return on investment (ROI) of major improvements. Our Comprehensive Home Audit provides you with the tools needed to make wise decisions on future home improvements.


The cost of your audit can be credited toward future purchases, and for this reason we recommend a Comprehensive Home Energy Audit to utilizing the most advanced scientific tools available. The audit will help you to better understand the performance issues in your home, thus allowing you to make wise home improvement decisions. While the Basic Home Energy Audit offers the best price, we believe the best homeowner value comes from a Comprehensive Home Energy Audit and acting on the information that it provides.


Detailed points of interest the Basic Energy Audit include:

Building Envelope Inspection
Your TexEnergy Rater will first look for obvious breaks in the building envelope. Reducing air infiltration has an energy savings range from 5% to 30% and will create a healthier more comfortable home. We check for indoor air leakage such as gaps along baseboard, flooring edges and junctures of walls and ceilings. We verify if air can flow through electrical outlets, switch plates, window frames, doors and attic hatches. In addition, we analyze the condition of caulking and weather-stripping and perform an inspection of windows and doors for air leakage.
Thermal Envelope Inspection
Conditioned air loss through contact with the ceiling and walls in your home can be substantial if the insulation levels are less than the recommended minimum. We verify the condition of coverage in your attic and estimate wall insulation R-value. Your insulation levels are likely to be insufficient, especially if you own an older home. When your attic hatch is located above a conditioned space, we check for insulation, weather-stripping, and infiltration. In your attic, we analyze the sealing of all building envelope penetrations (such as pipes, ductwork, and chimneys). Any gaps should be properly sealed prior to adding additional insulation.
Heating/Cooling Inspection
TXU reports that 50% of your energy bill is generated by heating and cooling system (equipment plus supply and return duct systems). Energy Raters look for indications of air leakage on your ductwork. Proper duct sealing and insulation levels are critical to overall building performance. To maintain efficiency, we recommend having your HVAC system serviced prior to each heating and cooling season. Check HVAC filters monthly and replace them when needed. Generally, they should be changed monthly, and more often during high usage. If your equipment is more than 10 years old, consider replacing the system with a newer, more energy-efficient unit.
Lighting Audit
Energy for lighting accounts for about 10% of your electric bill. We analyze the lighting in your home. If you have recessed lights, we determine if they are air sealed (IC rated) fixtures. Only air tight-IC rated fixtures should be used by today’s Energy Code standards. Any other ceiling lights may allow up to 15 CFM (cubic feet per minute) of your conditioned air to escape from your home. Whenever possible, consider compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) for areas where lights are on for hours at a time.
Timeline:
Initial Call
Site Survey
Analyst Analysis
Consultation
Site survey will be scheduled within 24 hours. You can expect a 2-14 day lead-time.
The site survey varies based on size of building, the number of HVAC systems and the number of analysts on-site. Expect the survey to run about 2-4 hours in length.
Analyst Analysis usually takes 2-8 days.
Your follow up consultation meeting should last from 2-4 hours. We suggest that all interested parties be in attendance.
The first step to living in a more comfortable home and saving money on your utility bills is to schedule an Energy Audit with TexEnergy, so what are you waiting for?
Turn-Key Services
Your Energy Audit can be FREE, when you take advantage of our offer. If you choose, we would be delighted to manage any home improvements that we recommend. For more information on our project management option, please see our Turn-Key Solutions webpage. All cost of your Home Energy Audit can be credited towards future purchases utilizing TexEnergy Turn-Key Solutions.

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