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  1. Fluorescent and LED Light Bulbs

    Compact fluorescent light (CFL) and LED bulbs use far less energy and last far longer than traditional light bulbs, and they are relatively cheap! Swap out your standard bulbs for fluorescent ones to reduce energy costs. The quality of these bulbs and color temperature is greatly improved over previous years… other than saving energy, you won’t notice the difference with modern bulbs. See our lighting page for more information!

  2. Water Collection

    When you run your faucet or shower until cold or hot water comes out, you are essentially wasting a good deal of water and sending money down the drain. Consider using a bucket or pitcher to collect water until the desired hot or cold temperature is achieved. You can then use that collected water to manually flush a toilet, water plants or wash things around the house.

  3. Full Laundry and Dishwashing Loads

    Instead of washing a handful of clothing at a time, save energy and money by washing full loads. This can also be applied to using a dishwasher. More loads equates to more energy spent and money out of your pocket.

  4. Window Covers and Solar Shades

    Keep windows that receive direct sunlight throughout the day covered to keep the inside of your apartment cooler throughout the day. In desert climates such as Arizona, consider having solar shades installed to deflect sunlight.

  5. Air Circulation

    Open your windows to promote cross-circulation in the mornings and when there is a breeze. This can help keep temperature down throughout the day and, in turn, lower A/C usage.

  6. Furniture Obstruction

    If your couch is positioned over your air vent, it reduces the amount of air flow, which means your A/C or furnace is working that much harder. By positioning your furniture to promote airflow, your apartment will heat and cool faster, thus saving you money on your electric or gas bill.

  7. Thermostat Setting

    Consider turning off the thermostat or adjusting it for when you are not home. You can save energy and money by only running you A/C or furnace when you are home.

  8. Timers

    Leaving the lights on all day long can be a big energy drain. Instead of leaving the lights on, buy timers to program a custom light schedule for throughout the day.

  9. Low-Flow Showerhead

    Temper your hot water usage and the amount of water you use by installing an energy-efficient low-flow showerhead in your shower. If you can’t install one yourself, talk to your landlord or apartment manager about having one installed.

  10. Unplug Appliances and Electronics

    Even if they are not on, appliances and electronics still draw electricity when plugged in. Consider unplugging seldom-used appliances and electronics when not in use. You can also buy a power strip to control multiple electronics and appliances at the same time.

Secrets Of The Energy Audit

There is an interesting secret in the energy audit world. Every house leaks. “Every” house can benefit from upgrading insulation, windows, HVAC systems, lighting and appliances. Telling you that doesn’t require an aerospace engineering degree.

In areas where energy auditors are not licensed, contractors use energy audits as a way to sell their products. Whatever they are selling — that’s what you need. And because “every” house can benefit from basic upgrades, the “audit” is easy and can look comprehensive. Just pull out an energy audit book and fill in the blanks with special attention to the systems you are selling.

We are not in the business of selling insulation or windows or HVAC systems… we are in the business of creating energy efficient homes. When we do an energy audit, we don’t focus on particular products, we focus on your home — a collection of interdependent systems that need to be evaluated individually and as parts of the whole.

Home Performance Workscope

When we evaluate your home, we take a top down approach. We start with the house as a single entity then break it down into component systems, searching out inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement.

We prepare a home performance work scope that will lays out a series of steps you can take to improve your energy efficiency and reduce your power bills — starting with the most cost effective options. We aren’t out to sell you new windows or a new heat pump. Those may be very viable options, but we are going to make sure that your home envelope is sealed and your insulation is efficient and your lighting and appliances are cost-effective before considering big ticket items.

QC/QA

Quality control/quality assurance. We measure and evaluate every house, every job. Every work scope is based on data collected in your home and designed using home performance modeling software. We double check every aspect of every job and reassess your home performance after the work is done to measure improvements. We want to see those numbers improve just as much as you do.

Contact us today to discuss how our energy audit can improve the comfort and efficiency of your home.

Why should I use EDGE Energy for my Energy Audit?

We are Certified. EDGE Energy’s certified auditors will complete your audit in quick and efficient manner. Making sure to respect you, your home, and your privacy. All of our energy auditors are certified under a combination of building science designations, with most auditors holding 3 or more advanced certificates under RESNET, NAHB, NCI, and the industry standard BPI (Building Performance Institute), which is the organization for residential energy efficiency and weatherization retrofit work.

During an energy audits, we use a variety of diagnostic tests to determine where energy loss occurs in your home, what safety and health problems might exist, and other factors about your home’s energy systems. For example, we use an infrared imaging scan and blower door test to help determine how air-tight your home is. Infrared scanners used with blower doors are a quick and effective way to evaluate a home’s air barrier and thermal envelope.

Blower Door Test

A blower door is a powerful fan that mounts into the frame of an exterior door. The fan pulls air out of the house, lowering the air pressure inside. The higher outside air pressure then flows in through all unsealed cracks and openings. This test determines the air infiltration rate of a home—how much air leaks into the house, where it’s leaking, and if improvements are needed.

Thermal Imaging Scaninfrared camera

Also known as thermography, this technique uses infrared video and still cameras to measure a home’s surface temperatures. These IR cameras are sensitive to the infrared (heat) part of the electromagnetic spectrum. The images produced correspond to the temperature variations of the home’s shell. The resulting images help us determine whether upgrades are needed.

Duct Testing or Calibrated Duct Leakage Test

We perform both total duct sealing and duct-leakage-to-outside tests. During these tests, we tape off your duct system to gain insight. We then calculate total volume and flow totals, and convert that to energy loss. With new homes, we use a party fogger to identify leaks that need sealing.

Combustion Safety Tests

We perform gas leak detection, efficiency testing, and zone / draft pressure tests on any atmospherically drafting furnaces or appliances. Typically, these are natural gas. We also test for carbon monoxide in flue exhaust and ambient air, look for exhaust “spillage” in home water heaters, and check the furnace for cracked heat exchangers.

All of these tests are available with residential energy audits.

Why should I use EDGE Energy for my Energy Audit?

We are Certified. EDGE Energy’s certified auditors will complete your audit in quick and efficient manner. Making sure to respect you, your home, and your privacy. All of our energy auditors are certified under a combination of building science designations, with most auditors holding 3 or more advanced certificates under RESNET, NAHB, NCI, and the industry standard BPI (Building Performance Institute), which is the organization for residential energy efficiency and weatherization retrofit work.

An energy audit is used to gain deep insight into your home’s energy systems and your own energy use. An energy audit will give us a complete picture of how your house and family use and lose the energy you pay for. By providing our energy auditors with basic information and following some simple steps, you’ll give us insight that will aid us in our energy audit and help you create a more energy efficient home. For more information about our energy audits, contact us for a free energy efficiency consultation. Visit our energy Audits Page!

Information to Gather Before Your Energy Audit

Our energy auditors are best equipped to conduct energy audits when you share information about your energy use with us. Before your scheduled energy audit, make a list of any existing problems you have with your home, such as condensation or uncomfortable and/or drafty rooms. Try to gather copies or a summary of your home energy bills (gas and electric) during the past year or two. We’ll use this information to assess the cost-effectiveness of proposed energy upgrades.

Steps to Take Before Your Energy Audit

  • Stop all wood burning fires in the household for 24 hours. prior to your energy audit. Clean fireplaces and remove ashes.
  • Close and latch all exterior windows and doors.
  • Compile 12 months of past utility bills and have them handy.
  • Make note of broken or defective windows and doors.
  • Make all rooms, basement, and attic accessible.
  • Make water heater, AC units, boilers, and furnaces accessible.

Questions We’ll Ask You During Your Energy Audit

An energy audit usually takes 2-4 hours. In addition to performing diagnostic tests during this time, our energy auditors will also ask you some questions related to your energy use, such as:

  • Is anyone home during working hours?
  • What is the average thermostat setting for summer and winter?
  • How many people live in your home?
  • How is each room in your house used?

Feel free to walk through your home with our energy auditors as they work and to ask questions.

Why should I use EDGE Energy for my Energy Audit?

We are Certified. EDGE Energy’s certified auditors will complete your audit in quick and efficient manner. Making sure to respect you, your home, and your privacy. All of our energy auditors are certified under a combination of building science designations, with most auditors holding 3 or more advanced certificates under RESNET, NAHB, NCI, and the industry standard BPI(Building Performance Institute), which is the organization for residential energy efficiency and weatherization retrofit work.

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