Home Energy Audits Good To Have

You’ve likely heard about home energy audits already, and if you’ve been reading my blog, you know that there’s often great information on green building and green renovation ideas and thoughts.

One of the best places to start, long before you take the step to consider looking at solar energy, a high-efficiency furnace, or other green home products, is to get a home energy audit.

Alternative energy solutions are much easier to put in place these days, and yet, you can find you’ll save a lot of money and create great efficiencies if you first learn what the current efficiencies are in your home.

If you’ve been thinking about an energy audit for your home, or even better, if you or someone you know may consider selling a home soon, please call or email me today, so we can work together to take the best steps with getting the highest price and the shortest market time for you.

I recently decided to get my own home audited so that I can know just where I stand. Since we purchased what I would call an averagely-built suburban tract home about a dozen years ago, I imagine that there are many things we’ll discover during an audit.

In a meeting recently with Eric Van Orden, the Energy Efficiency Manager for Standard Renewable Energy, we discussed the topics of insulation, leakage sealing, heat transfer, and alternative energy solutions.

At the top of our list was the plan on our schedule to do a home energy audit, complete with blower door testing and infrared testing. You’ll get to see  a video soon where we’ll share some of the steps of what SRE does during the home energy audit, and how you might use this on your own home.

Frankly, I’m a little nervous about the results I think we’ll get. Given the way I know most of the homes were built back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, we’ll probably find all sorts of things we can do to improve the thermal efficiency of my house.

When I think about the things I’ve learned as a Certified EcoBroker, it’s not much of a stretch to understand how the basic building code requirements were a long way from even the basic energy efficiencies of today’s standards.

While building codes really don’t dictate much of any great solutions in terms of energy savings, air quality, reduced environmental impact or even increased comfort, I’m confident that some small steps in the ways of insulation and other simple tasks will make vast changes to how my home works.

Ready to sell, or know someone who is, call or email me now so we can talk. Or maybe you’re just thinking about an energy audit or other money saving strategies… call or email me anyway, I’d love to help you connect with the right people.

Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker® at RE/MAX Alliance Boulder


One Response to “Home Energy Audits Good To Have”

  1. Bill Hendrick on April 2nd, 2009 9:13 am

    Good blog. I’m in charge of the Kappa Sigma fraternity house in Boulder, and the city did an energy audit. We’re now getting energy efficient windows, solar panels, and made changes to our boiler to improve efficiency.

    Bill Hendrick
    Home Savings of America

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