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Home Energy Audit

Full Circle Home Inspections
now offers Home Energy Inspections through the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)

It takes a lot of energy to heat and cool a home.  Most homebuyers have no idea how much it will cost them to operate their home once they move in. Current homeowners do not fully understand how much energy and, therefore, money is being wasted by their home. And if they did understand, neither home buyers nor homeowners would know what to do about it.

As a leader in the local home inspection industry, we are helping homeowners maintain safe, healthy and energy efficient homes for years to come!

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By following the suggestions in the home energy inspection report, you can save energy, increase confort and help protect the environment.

Score Huge on Energy Savings

Investing in the recommendations documented in the home energy inspection report can save you hundreds on your home energy bill.

Throwing Money Away

Most homeowners throw away the equivalent of a 42" flat-screen TV every year in wasted energy. They’re throwing away a brand new mountain bike or a really nice gas grill, or a weekend getaway vacation--because their home is wasting energy. And wasting energy is like throwing away money.

The typical American home wastes energy. We know that out of the 130 million homes in the U.S., 80 million were built between 1980 and 2000, which means that they pre-date modern energy standards and are associated with higher energy use and operating costs per square foot. We also know that the average American household spends about $2,000 on energy every year.  But what most homeowners don’t know is that about 30% of that energy--and 30% of that money--is wasted.

Many homeowners could save hundreds of dollars every year without really changing their lifestyle. Our home energy inspection provides simple, basic, prescriptive measures that any homeowner can take to reduce their energy bill, while making their home more comfortable, and use that money for something they really want.

Home Energy Report

The home energy inspection is an affordable inspection service for current and prospective homeowners which can show recommendations on how to save energy, increase comfort, and protect the environment. We can complete a home energy inspection in an extra 15 minutes if done as part of a general home inspection, and in less than one hour if done as a stand-alone inspection service. The home inspector conducts a walk-through of the home and collects about 40 data points related to energy. The inspector then uses a home energy calculator, developed by the DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, that produces an online report in a matter of seconds.

The online report describes:

The home energy inspection report is essentially a customer web portal that provides informative content and personalized advice designed to engage the consumer through interaction.  Through the report, current and prospective homeowners can do some research, make informed decisions, and take energy-saving action on their own.  The tool is designed to provide a meaningful customer experience and understanding and guide homeowners to make the decisions that will have the greatest impact on reductions in energy use and, subsequently, greenhouse gas emissions.

Because the report is online, the information provided is dynamic and always adapting to the homeowner’s needs and actions. Video, surprise features, images, and a compendium of resources are quickly accessible with a mere click.  Each time the homeowner visits the online report, the information can change.  Recommendations change according to the energy-saving actions that the homeowner takes.  As each action step is taken, the energy savings and return-on-investment estimates dynamically adjust.  The online report supports the way people learn today -- online. 

The report encourages homeowners to do the basics today.  For example, they can replace inefficient light bulbs with ENERGY STAR® bulbs, install efficient showerheads and faucet aerators, add some weatherstripping around doors and windows, and wrap insulation around pipes. The report then highlights two or three additional measures that will yield the biggest return on investment--usually, some air sealing and climate-appropriate insulation.

Homeowners appreciate straightforward, simple information that is clearly presented and easy to understand.  They also want a report with customized recommendations that is easy to read.  Consumers care about the bottom line.  However, many are misinformed about which home energy improvements will pay off more quickly and save the most energy.  Many don't realize that home energy improvements can also improve the comfort of their homes, as well as their families' health and safety, not to mention their home's potential resale value.

The online report provides each homeowner a prescriptive package of energy improvements designed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory that's tailored to the property location’s climate and is expected to deliver at least 20-40% in energy savings, which is in line with the goal of the DOE’s Better Buildings Program. Research suggests that a prescriptive approach is an effective alternative to a more comprehensive and costly energy audit.

Report Recommendations

The home energy inspection report applies a fixed, standardized retrofit cost (from NREL's National Residential Efficiency Measures Database) and generates recommendations that provide the highest performance level with a payback time of 10 years or less. The following two categories and specific upgrades are currently recommended by the report:

Type 1: Improvements and upgrades recommended now--these can help save energy right away:

Type 2: Recommendations for when equipment needs to be replaced—these recommendations will help save energy when it's time to replace or upgrade equipment or systems:

The recommendations are ordered according to how quickly they will pay back on the homeowner's investment.  Those with the fastest and greatest payback are listed first. The payback is calculated based on a national database of estimated installation costs and average utility rates for the homeowner's state. Carbon reduction is based on a database of estimated average carbon release from power plants in the home’s region.

It's important to note that the sum of the savings from the individual measures in the recommendations section of the report (near the end of the report) may not equal the total savings for the package of selected upgrades (the number near the beginning of the report). The difference is due to interactive effects of individual energy improvements.  When improvements reduce energy consumption within the same end-use (e.g. a window upgrade plus an air-conditioner upgrade), the resulting dollar savings is less than the sum of the savings shown for the individual improvements.

Hundreds in Savings

The United States consumes more energy than anyone else on the planet--about 20% of the total global demand. Our buildings and our homes (the homes in which we live and the homes that we inspect) devour 40% of all U.S. energy and 75% of all U.S. electricity. And about 30% of that energy is wasted by our homes. Simply put, our homes waste energy.

The home energy inspection report empowers us to help current and prospective homeowners save money, live better, and help the earth by reducing energy use in their homes. The report recommends energy-saving upgrades that are appropriate to the home and make sense for the home's climate and local energy prices. The money invested in these upgrades commonly earns "interest" in the form of energy savings of about $500 every year, which is an impressive overall annual rate of return on investment.

Contact Full Circle Home Inspections about getting a Home Energy Audit today and find out how you can make simple changes to your home that can save you hundreds in energy savings every year!

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