Residential and Small Commercial Inspections

We partner with building owners and inspectors

Buying or renovating a building are the perfect times to assess energy performance and explore options. Financing energy saving improvements offers the biggest bang for your buck and often results in lower monthly payments!

We’re happy to work with your real estate agent, home inspector, bank, insurance company, or utility to help modernize your home while making it more comfortable and affordable. Plus, your business accountant will appreciate life-cycle cost analysis comparing multiple upgrade options.

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Why Invest in an Energy Inspection?

When you buy a building, price is important, but ongoing operating expenses can add up. A home energy inspection will help you understand how your home uses – and loses – energy. You’ll get customized guidance to reduce energy costs specific to your home. Incorporating energy upgrades into a mortgage or home improvement loan can be a cost-effective strategy to lowering monthly costs. Expert advice will help you to make an informed decision.

Stretch your debt-to-income ratio! Ask your banker about Energy Efficient Mortgage products from Fannie Mae, FHA, and the VA  that can help you update your home, reduce monthly costs, get efficient, increase comfort, reduce your carbon footprint, AND stretch your debt-to-income ratio.

The prices listed below are for typical residential energy services within Vermont and New Hampshire.  Larger or more complex buildings and systems require more time and greater detail. Please contact us for more information.

Basic Energy Assessment (BEA)

$250

Visual inspection and assessment of all energy related components of the home. This service provides an evaluation of insulation levels (where accessible), heating and cooling system(s), water heating, electrical appliances, and lighting. This is a checklist based evaluation of existing conditions and action items of upgrade options to consider. Client participation is highly encouraged. A basic report of findings will be emailed, or you may choose to the Comprehensive Analytical Report at additional cost (see below).

Air Leakage Test

$50 add-on to BEA, $200 stand-alone

An air leakage test (also known as a “blower door” test) uses a large exhaust fan to measure the home’s air leakage rate. This test makes it possible to find most air leaks that result in uncomfortable drafts and costly heat loss. Coupled with thermal imaging, this is a very effective way to find energy losses in the thermal envelope of the building.

Thermal Imaging Scan

$50 add-on to BEA, $200 stand-alone

Infrared cameras measure surface temperature and can effectively “see” where heat is escaping from the house. Infrared images can pinpoint cold air drafts and reveal insulation problems hidden inside walls. Infrared imaging is most effective when there is at least a 10°F difference between indoors and out. Coupled with a blower door test, this is a very effective way to find energy losses in the thermal envelope of the building.

Comprehensive Analytical Report

$150 add-on to BEA

A full, written report of inspection results with photos, cost and savings analysis, and customized, prioritized improvement options specific to your home. The difference between the comprehensive report and the basic report prepared for the BEA is the level of detail and the addition of cost-effectiveness analysis of multiple options that may be needed to make significant financial decisions. For example, if you wish to compare the long-term cost-effectiveness of several different heating system or insulation options, or want to explore the carbon footprint reduction between solar energy, heating systems, or a more efficient vehicle, this report is for you!

Renewable Energy Systems

$100 add-on to BEA, $250 stand-alone

Existing grid-tied or off-grid systems will be evaluated to assess operational performance, installation quality, system integrity, and safety of energy generating equipment. We are experienced in assessing solar and wind electric systems, fossil-fueled generators, batteries, and interconnection safety devices. Report is provided with evaluation results and comments.

Solar Site Analysis

$75 add-on to BEA or remote (web based) inspection

Considering solar panels to help offset electric use? You’ll want to evaluate your property’s potential for solar energy production. This service includes a survey of siting options, and a report detailing the energy production and cost savings that can be realized by generating electricity from the sun.

Additional Energy Services

Energy Consulting – customized analysis for home and business, hourly fee.

Site Sage energy monitor installation – Monitor individual electrical circuits, PV system production, temperature and air quality data, gas and water flow, and send live information to a web dashboard or your smartphone.

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