Archive for category: Home Energy Assessment & Audit

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, […]

 
Why Energy Upgrades Make Sense.

Why Energy Upgrades Make Sense.

October 14, 2018 at 11:41 am

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is making clean energy technologies and services more available, reliable, and less expensive for both energy users and society as a whole. They report that homes and commercial buildings consume 40% of the energy used in the United States. Of the $2,000 (often […]

 
Blown Away by  Blower Door Testing.

Blown Away by Blower Door Testing.

February 21, 2018 at 7:04 pm

The humble Blower Door Test is one of the lynchpins of modern home energy assessments and analysis. And, if we may be so bold, probably a piece of testing equipment you’ve never heard of nor knew you needed! Let us explain, so, as homeowners, you have the knowledge and resources necessary […]

 
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 […]

 
The Thermal Imager is a Sexy Beast.

The Thermal Imager is a Sexy Beast.

December 26, 2016 at 10:31 pm

We love science and testing results. The Thermal Imager, commonly called an infrared camera, in tandem with our blower door test, creates a photographic record everywhere heated or cooled air is leaking from  your home (drafts), such as: around windows, ducts, recessed lights, gaps along baseboards, junctures between walls and […]

 
How Airtight is Your Home?

How Airtight is Your Home?

June 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm

The elements have a pesky way of sneaking in. We can safely say that just about 100% of all homes are leaking air like crazy, so it’s no wonder “air leakage” is a universal problem for homeowners – outside air entering the house or conditioned air (air conditioned or heated) […]

 
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 […]

 
The California Bear means business.

The California Bear means business.

July 8, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Avoid the “bear stare“. That’s what Energy Upgrade California calls “the look” friends and neighbors give when they spot someone wasting energy or water. With an Advanced Home Energy Upgrade, significantly reduce energy use throughout your home (with building science to prove it) – and help out California. In addition, […]

 
“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 […]

 
PG&E Rates Rising in 2015. What’s the alternative?

PG&E Rates Rising in 2015. What’s the alternative?

January 5, 2015 at 9:32 am

As reported by SFGate, December 31, 2014, “Prepare to pay more to PG&E. Starting Thursday, the rates that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. charges for electricity and natural gas service will rise, pushing up monthly bills by 5.9 percent for the average home. The money will pay for replacing old […]