Technology is developed to solve problems. In order to solve a problem it has to be identified and understood. With all of the questions many home owners have about going green and energy efficiency upgrades where should they start?
Home owners should start with a Home Energy Rating report. Go Green Solutions, LLC is one business that will soon be offering the certified reports in and around Tulsa. Find out more at http:// www.ggsok.com. A list of Certified Energy Raters can also be found at http://www.resnet.us. An Energy Rater uses Residential Energy Services Network standards to collect and analyze data regarding a home’s comprehensive energy usage. The report the Energy Rater issues to the home owner or home owner’s contractor details the current energy usage and energy efficiency level of the home. This scale is called the HERS Index and it compares the analyzed home to a model standard home known as the ‘reference home’. There are many cases in which a home owner should get a home energy rating, check out the chart below to see if and when you need one.
An Energy Rating report will detail recommended improvements to achieve better efficiency levels. This is the main point of the Energy Rating process, identifying problem areas. This information will save home owners money and make their improvements more cost effective by prioritizing them. In most cases home owners will start with air sealing and insulation retrofits. Retrofit is the ‘new’ key term for energy efficiency improvements in existing structures. Your Energy Rater will install a blower door in the main entry of your home near the start of their inspection move air through your home as they perform diagnostic inspections. This reveals problem areas in the home where conditioned air is lost from the home. ‘Conditioned air’ is air that you paid money to make a certain temperature inside your home. Energy Raters will be able to make product recommendations for windows, doors, insulation, lighting, water heating, hvac and changes in occupants’ habits.
There are many different levels of reports Certified Energy Raters can supply. You should discuss what you are expecting from your Home Energy Rating with your Energy Rater and any planned improvements. Energy Raters can also rate new homes based solely on the plans and materials list. If you are planning an improvement have an Energy Rater examine the plans and give your energy projection before you spend one dime on that project.