So you've changed your light bulbs, adjusted your thermostat, and replaced your furnace filter… But you still don't see a difference in your energy bills? Energy Inspectors to the rescue!
Similar to a building inspector, an energy inspector finds the environmental flaws in your home. If you are renovating your home, or are buying a new one, having an energy inspection is a must. Read on to learn about a few companies who can help you out…
An energy inspector will examine, measure, and evaluate the factors that affect energy use in your home, for example the size of your home, efficiency of appliances, insulation, draftiness of rooms, and efficiency of heating and cooling systems.
Spaceman Consulting, one of the few Certified Thermographers in Illinois, uses thermal infrared scanning to reveal hidden energy and structural issues. Air and water infiltration, mold, electrical loads and heat loss and insulation quality are just a few of the problems that can be found using the scanning device.
Informed Energy Decisions uses hands on testing such as blower door, infrared thermometers, and smoke puffers to performance-test the whole building — structure, insulation, windows, heating and cooling systems, controls, lighting, and appliances.
Once the energy inspection is finished you will be given a report about what's right and wrong with your house and what you can reasonably do about it. Even if your renting, the energy report can be used as certified documentation of any existing problems, or can be used to persuade your landlord to make some changes that will help lower your bills and improve their property's value.
Inspection rates range from $200 - $1000 depending on the size of home and type of service provided. To find out more visit the websites above or contact your local energy inspector.
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