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Energy Efficiency Guide to SAVINGS

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Home Inspector with HomeRun Homes Inspection, LLC HOI#0000818

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

1. A comprehensive energy audit starts the process into the right direction

2. Air Sealing

*fire rated spray foam

http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/air-sealing-attic

3. Insulation (types for maximum R-Value)

          *Fiberglass is old technology and proven to be inefficient insulator

            *Mineral Wool/Rock Wool (fire rated)

            *Borate treated cellulose (R-3.8 per inch) (loose/blown or dense pack “air tight”)

            *Spray Foam = open cell (R-3.4 per inch) closed cell (R-6.5 per inch)

            *Rigid Foam = PolyISO, XPS, EPS (http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/4822/which-rigid-insulation-should-i-choose)

4. Heating & Cooling (fuel used)

          *Natural Gas, Propane and Heating Oil are the big three

http://www.thermopride.com/products/oil-products/condensing-furnace

http://www.peerlessboilers.com/Products/ResidentialBoilers/PeerlessPinnacleOil/tabid/115/Default.aspx

http://www.peerlessboilers.com/Products/ResidentialBoilers/SeriesWB90/tabid/238/Default.aspx

 

http://www.buderus.us/products/oilheating/oilconventional/logano-g125be.html

5. Electricity (utility costs)

          *Rate increases on 1/1/15 (CL&P @ $0.03 & UI @ $0.05)

            *Integrating LED technology and phasing out incandescent & CFL

6. Alternative Energy/Resources (multiple fuels, wood, pellet, heat pump)

          * Carbon footprint

http://www.quadrafire.com/Browse.aspx

http://www.harmanstoves.com/Browse.aspx

http://www.blackswanhome.com/category/fireplaces-and-hearth

7. State programs for homeowners to qualify for upgrades.

* Federal & State Rebates http://www.energizect.com/residents/solutions/rebates

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Energy-Efficient-Home-Improvements-Can-Lower-Your-Taxes

CT Loan Programs

http://www.chif.org/

8. Personal Interests & Goals

*monetary savings vs. comfort

            *is there an increased resale value? http://www.newstimes.com/business/article/Energy-efficiency-a-growing-requirement-among-5610784.php

9. Cost

          *upfront investment vs. long term savings

            *every home will be different so calculating real results isn’t 100%

            *equipment upgrades (ERV – energy recovery ventilator or HRV – heat recovery ventilator)

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33967/revolutionary-new-hvac-equipment-a-split-dehumidifier

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/design/departments/energy-smart-details/ducting-hrvs-and-ervs.aspx

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-to/departments/how-it-works/heat-recovery-ventilators.aspx

http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/hrv-or-erv

10. Track the results and revaluate if needed

          *calculate the savings throughout the entire energy usage spectrum

 

            *further invest in additional upgrades with the savings

 

Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Very informative post, thank you for the chart and links. Merry Christmas!

Dec 10, 2014 12:49 AM