reno energy audits: Things your Home Inspector might not tell you, But I will. - 03/05/13 09:49 AM
Most Home Inspectors are out to do the best job they can. I think a Home Inspection is one of the best investments one can make when owning a home. But as utility prices rise and consumers are getting more concerned about wasting energy does the Home Inspector address much of this. They do to a point, The inspector comments on insulation and ventilation of the structure. But there can be more to it and that's where the building science training kicks in.
I’m a Home Inspector and a Energy Auditor in the Reno area. I spend allot of time on … (7 comments)

reno energy audits: Icicles might be beautiful to some, but I see big problems. - 01/19/13 11:00 AM
Images of snow covered roofs with icicles depict the typical winter scene. While many see the icicles as a thing of beauty they are the sign of a problem
The formation of icicles is part of what’s called an ice dam. Ice damming occurs when the roof is covered with snow and the underside of the roof gets warm enough to melt the snow. The water under the snow runs down the roof and when it gets out to the cold air it freezes again and turns in to icicles. When the water can’t get to the roof edge it can … (0 comments)

reno energy audits: 2009 IECC testing now required in Reno for new homes. - 01/08/13 01:20 PM
Nevada has adopted the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for all new homes built. The various jurisdictions have decided how they are going to enforce it. The difference between this code and others is that it focuses solely on Energy Efficiency.
In the Reno area most home builders have been building the homes to the newly adopted code. The benefit of the 2009 IECC is that buyers will be getting a home that is more efficient but also more comfortable. The focus on air sealing will reduce drafts. It also focuses on making sure that duct systems, which are … (6 comments)

reno energy audits: 92% of Home Buyers consider Energy Efficiency Important. - 10/19/12 06:42 AM
According to the National Association of Realtors  “Ninety-two percent of all home buyers consider energy efficiency at least somewhat important with 46 percent of all home buyers ranking energy efficiency as very important when considering a home for purchase. Increasingly, consumers’ preferences for products and services reflect awareness in energy efficiency, even extending to those looking to purchase a home.”
This statement can possibly be the reason we are seeing more Energy Efficient Mortgages for Reno Home Buyers. Buyers that know of this great program are seeking Reno Real Estate professionals that are able to assist them in getting an EEM. … (0 comments)

reno energy audits: 1.2 Million Dishwashers Recalled. RecallChek included with inspection - 08/15/12 04:02 AM
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is where product safety recalls come from. According to their site there goal is:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the … (0 comments)

reno energy audits: Breathe Easier with Green Remodeling - 07/30/12 01:00 PM
As an Energy Auditor and Home Inspector here is Reno I know when it comes to having a comfortable and healthy home, what you can’t see matters just as much as what you can. Take air quality – even though you can’t see a layer of smog inside your home, indoor air can actually be much more polluted than the air outside.
 Poor ventilation in homes can lead to excessive dust and mold, which contribute to asthma and other health problems. And commonly used adhesives, paints, and floor finishes contain compounds like formaldehyde that are known to cause cancer.
 One of … (1 comments)

reno energy audits: July Monthly Maintenance Tips - 07/02/12 08:06 AM
It’s a new month with new maintenance tips. It’s summer time and we have kept the list short so you still have time to relax or go out and enjoy all the events Summer in Reno brings. There is always something that needs to be done around the house. Checking your house regularly keeps things from sneaking up on you. If you don’t want to check it out yourself hire a Home Inspector like me to come out and look for you. Home inspections don’t always have to take place when buying a home.
Take a look at … (1 comments)

reno energy audits: Energy Audits in Reno might be dying off due to the summers heat. - 06/22/12 05:33 AM
Energy Audits in Reno might be dying off due to the summers heat but Energy Auditors like myself know that just because the cold weather is gone for now the chill of winter will return shortly. Home buyers in summer often forget to think about the cost of heating a home in the winter. The sticker shock of a high utility bill can really put a burden on a home buyer especially in older less efficient homes.
Many home buyers fell mislead and taken when they buy an energy hog of a house. These homes are often less comfortable and need more … (0 comments)

reno energy audits: One of the best things about living in Reno is dining deals. St. Patrick's Day Dining Deals - 03/15/12 02:47 PM

We have allot of dining variety in the Biggest Little City In The World. But who doesn't like a deal and Reno has daily deals. The best part is there are also deals on Holidays. St. Patrick's Day is a popular day for people to go out and with these dining deals it might leave some extra change for green beer.
One of my favorite things about Reno is the buffets. With that said I'm always happy to check out the holiday buffet at the Eldorado. Click on the St. Patrick's Day Buffet tab for a menu. I will … (2 comments)

reno energy audits: Green Mortgages the best kept secret. Set yourself apart! - 12/08/11 08:41 AM
Buyers can benifit from Energy Efficient Mortgages or Green Mortgages. These mortgages are only a small part of the current mortgages but things are changing in Reno. Set yourself apart and get yourself involed with saving buyers money. Don't wait for them to ask you about it.
It will not make allot of additional work from the agent. In fact if you have me do your Audit I can also perform the Home Inspection at the same time. It only requires the door to be opened once. The audit gets sent to the lender.
The best thing to do is to … (2 comments)

Rob Ernst, Reno, NV-775-410-4286  Inspector & Energy Auditor (Certified Structure Inspector)

Rob Ernst

Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

Reno, NV

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