Boulder Home Energy Audit Is The Right First Step

I have for you here an overview of a home energy audit on a typical suburban tract home in Superior Colorado. It was interesting to see how things shook out on this review, and we even did a video profile during the process. Standard Renewable Energy came out and put the house through the ringer with some interesting results. It seemed like a logical step to use this kind of house to see what kinds of ‘problem’ areas would surface.

Call, text, or email me if you want more info about getting your home involved in a home energy audit.

Once we figured out that there was a window open upstairs, we found that there were lots of leaks in this 10 year old house. open vents in the basement were one big source of airflow, and amazingly the outlet and switch housings leak like crazy also.

Another big source of energy loss was the cantilever overhang under the kitchen window, and the same problem was found over the bay window on the front of the house. Before endeavoring to consider engineering a solar photo voltaic system, it looks like this house has several energy efficiency issues that can be addressed which will reduce the size of the PV system considerably.

I think it makes good sense to have any house tested and a home energy audit, with a blower door test is the best way I’ve seen to determine the best things you can do to improve the energy efficiency of the home. Combined with some other testing techniques, you can really get to the core issues at hand in any home if you want to see where energy is being wasted.

Call, text or email me today if you have more questions about buying or selling a home, especially if energy efficiency is a concern of yours.

Zachary Epps, full-time professional RealtorĀ® and EcoBrokerĀ® at RE/MAX Alliance Boulder

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One Response to “Boulder Home Energy Audit Is The Right First Step”

  1. Boston Condo Guy on July 7th, 2009 10:39 am

    Great practical tips (as always Zachary). Especially important to not take for granted that the low hanging fruit is up to par before thinking too much about the more sophisticated energy solutions.

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