How Are You on Your Property’s Affordability?

I love helping people find well-priced energy efficiency solutions.

I really do love helping people, and one of the many ways to do this is to ask you what you like most about your property and what would you like to see working better. It will not surprise you that many people say “I’d like to cut our utility bill from $500 per month to $250 per month, and invest the rest in a retirement account.”
Here’s an example: When I help my client identify ways to cut her utility bills in half, from $500 to $250, she has $250 more each month to put toward the mortgage, groceries, college loans, medical bills, or maybe even a vacation. If you are interested in saving all you can on energy costs, let’s talk, and I’ll listen.
I’m in the business of building lifelong relationships, and helping others is a great place to start. For example, I’m learning about resources who can help figure out how energy efficient your property is (we call call some such professionals energy raters). If you’re interested in having an energy rater evaluate your property and identify cost-effective solutions like: insulation, air sealing, and energy efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, windows, appliances (and the list goes on), let’s talk. Let’s explore solutions that save you money every month, and in many cases who has the money to pay for such improvements, so that you don’t necessarily have to come out of pocket. I’m happy to help reduce the guesswork and assist with any “getting started” questions you have about cutting energy costs, and getting the best prices on energy efficiency solutions. I’m always learning too, and we can learn together. As another example, maybe you’re not sure about the differences between an energy audit, an energy rating, and an energy assessment. Please ask me, and we can continue our Sustainable Conversation™, and again, learn together.
And if you know someone else who may have questions or be in need of assistance. EcoBroker estimates that well over 40,000 property owners have affected affordable energy efficiency retrofits (improvements) since the year 2000. The more technologies and competition amongst energy contractors the more property owners have enjoyed affordable energy retrofits. Energy efficiency does not have break anyone’s wallet. Let’s talk.

How Are You on Affordability?

I want to listen to your thoughts and feelings about energy efficiency and saving money on your energy bills in your residential or commercial property. Let’s continue our Sustainable Conversation™ so that you can knowingly take advantage of any solutions that make sense to you. The possibilities we discuss may even lead to making your real estate investments more affordable and more comfortable.
An energy assessment, also called an energy survey or audit, can help identify areas of a property that can be financial and energy opportunities. When you invite an assessor to analyze your property, he or she will complete a unique analysis for your specific property and give suggestions on the opportunities. For example, insulation and air sealing are usually at the top of the list of suggestions. Others often include heating, air conditioning, and ventilation (HVAC) system enhancements, window enhancements, lighting work, and solar solutions.
For a residential property, an energy rating often results in a HERS Index score for your property based on its energy performance. Commercial buildings also can receive scores. Please visit the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to learn more about energy ratings and the professionals who can conduct these analyses. RESNET raters have been helping property owners assess their energy opportunities for decades. We can discuss our collaborative findings and impressions and figure out what you might like to do next.
New energy rating systems for properties are commonplace, and if you find rating systems confusing, you’re not alone. If you’re interested, I’m happy to talk with you about any of the numerous new energy rating and labeling programs. Then you can make an informed decision as to which (if any) of these labeling programs may make sense for you and your property. It’s what I do, and I’m happy to be here for you in this regard.
More Detail on the Opportunity
Multiple assessment options exist on the market, with everything from do-it-yourself packets to professionals who specialize in the energy assessment and retrofit industry. Whether you elect to hire a professional or conduct a property energy audit on your own, the process aims to identify areas where you can optimize energy efficiency and comfort. We also can discuss how to obtain these assessments for little or no out-of-pocket cost to you.
Various tools and testing methods exist to help in the diagnostic process. Blower door tests and infrared technologies are two of the most valuable tools an energy rater has, second only to his or her knowledge and experience. A blower door test determines the air tightness of a property and helps identify areas where air leaks represent a sealing opportunity. Infrared technology enables a professional to see hot and cold spots behind walls and other structural components, also identifying insulation and air sealing opportunities.
To find out more ways you can improve your property’s energy efficiency, consider having an energy rating conducted by a certified professional. I’m happy to help with this. Our local utility company may be able to refer us to some contacts and may have incentives to offset the cost of an energy rating. I can help you appraise the energy raters or screeners available, including evaluating references, experience, pricing, and quality. Organizations such as Energy Star also have lists of certified property auditors available to consumers.
Our climate presents specific challenges. Working with local professionals helps improve the likelihood we’re affecting solutions that are going to work for us locally. If you’re interested in finding rating or retrofit contractors, I can help.
An energy rating typically involves an inspection by a HERS-certified energy professional. RESNET provides a database of energy raters by state. If you are working with a lender on an energy-efficient mortgage, he or she also will have suggestions for energy raters with, just as your lender has an appraiser with whom he or she works to conduct appraisals.
The estimated cost savings associated with home energy audits are threefold. In most cases, if you follow the suggestions of the rater, you will find an improvement in comfort, an increase in your level of efficiency, and a decrease in your monthly utility bills. Assessing your property’s energy efficiency is the optimal method for finding areas in a property that waste energy. By identifying the opportunities and making the right improvements, many properties can achieve significant savings.
If you have questions regarding the differences between an energy audit, rating, and assessment, let’s talk. Please, ask me more, and we can continue our Sustainable Conversation™.

 

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