Archive for category: Building Performance Expert

HVAC Upgrade Advice

HVAC Upgrade Advice

January 8, 2019 at 10:49 pm

Air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters, and HVAC systems have improved significantly in the past few decades. When it’s time to replace yours, research high-efficiency models that save energy and money over the long run. Before you over-Google “Best HVAC” and “Reduce High Energy Bills”, or make any large purchases, hire a BPI-certified Home Energy Upgrade specialist to […]

 
Common home utilities

“The Why” Behind Home Energy Assessments

January 8, 2019 at 9:42 am

Home energy assessments provide analysis of your home’s energy use, including how much energy your home systems require, how your energy use compares with similar structures in your community, and how you can sustainably improve energy efficiency. When you upgrade your home to use less energy, you also enjoy the benefit of […]

 
Air Sealing is The Secret.

Air Sealing is The Secret.

January 8, 2019 at 9:34 am

Feel good inside. Air leakage occurs when outside air enters or conditioned air (heated or cooled) leaves your home uncontrollably through minuscule cracks and openings. Unfortunately, when most homes were built in the Bay Area, meticulously sealing all these cracks and openings (around window frames , trim, chimneys, doors, ducts, vents, trim, […]

 
Financing an Energy-Efficient Home.

Financing an Energy-Efficient Home.

October 23, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Energy.Gov explains: Homeowners can benefit from energy-efficient financing whether you’re buying, selling, refinancing, or remodeling a home. A home energy rating will help you qualify for an energy-efficient mortgage (EEM) by showing your lender exactly how energy-efficient the home is, or will be. A rating typically involves an energy audit by a professional, […]

 
Beyond Home Energy Weatherization.

Beyond Home Energy Weatherization.

October 23, 2018 at 11:11 am

Homeowners need answers. It’s drafty, but how much insulation is needed and what kind? Your energy power meter is spinning out of control. Utility bills are packing a monthly belt tightening wallop. Help! Therefore, where should you put your precious home improvement dollars for the biggest bang? To meet optimal energy performance levels, save during […]

 
Energy Upgrade Your Home for Health & Wellness.

Energy Upgrade Your Home for Health & Wellness.

April 3, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Some quick facts about health and air quality, courtesy of www.leap-va.org: The pollution inside your home is typically 2 to 5 times worse than the air outdoors. This indoor air quality can cause or contribute to asthma, headaches, dry eyes, nose and throat issues, nasal congestion, nausea, and fatigue. 40% […]

 
Upgrade Indoor Air Quality.

Upgrade Indoor Air Quality.

April 23, 2017 at 8:40 am

Most homes, whether 15 years old or 80 years old, can experience poor indoor air quality and cause or contribute to medical conditions, according to the American Lung Association. Greenguard.org states, “…pollutants come from activities, products and materials we use every day. The air in our homes, schools and offices […]

 
Energy Use Reality Check.

Energy Use Reality Check.

October 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm

This U.S. Energy Information Administration pie chart shows where we use the most energy in our homes. As you can see, heating accounts for the largest bite out of the utility bill. How energy efficient is your HVAC and your home’s “building envelope”? Think of the high performance building envelope […]

 
“You can’t manage what you don’t measure.”

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure.”

March 2, 2015 at 3:38 pm

This game-changing statement is attributed to W. Edwards Deming, eminent scholar, teacher, statistician and global management consultant. We are putting his philosophy to work in the fields of Home Energy Performance and Building Science. When we measure your home’s real-time energy efficiency, we have access to the data necessary to […]

 
Rebate Qualification.

Rebate Qualification.

January 12, 2015 at 5:28 am

Who qualifies for $1000 to $6500 in Advanced Home Energy Upgrade Rebates? Bay Area PG&E homeowners who contract with an experienced Advanced Home Energy Upgrade Specialist and “Energy Upgrade California Participating Contractor” (that’s us: Beckner Energy Upgraders!) to inspect, audit, recommend and install critical home energy upgrades. Home Energy Upgrade […]