What is a home Energy Efficiency Evaluation?

A home Energy Efficiency Evaluation (E3), also known as an energy audit, is the first step in determining how and where energy is used in your home. Using state of the art technology we are able to analyze how energy is consumed, wasted and more importantly, what improvements can be made to save you money, energy and increase the overall comfort of your home.

The Purpose of an E3:

  • Benchmark your home to determined how it is currently performing

  • Pinpoint where your house is losing energy

  • Quantify and locate areas of air infiltration

  • Identify all improvement opportunities

  • Determine which improvements will save you the most energy and money, and improve your overall comfort

  • Provide a detailed report showing you exactly what needs to be done to increase the comfort of your home, save you energy and money and what the ROI will be

  • Offer options to help pay for the improvements (e.g. rebates, incentives, financing, etc.)

The E3 Procedure: Easy as 1-2-3

  • A BPI (Building Performance Institute) or RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) certified professional will come to your home to perform the detailed E3 and diagnostic testing. The most popular test in a home E3 is the blower door test, which pulls air out of your home via a large fan, creating negative pressure which forces air to come in (infiltrate) through all the gaps, cracks and voids around your home. Using an infrared camera, we can see the exact locations the air is infiltrating and offer the best recommendation for resolving the issue. The infrared camera also allows us to pinpoint any missing insulation and/or thermal bridging (conduction) areas in the home as well.

  • All of our collected data, findings and recommendations are then input into our home energy modeling program to produce a detailed, yet simple to understand report, showing exactly how the home is performing now versus how it could perform after the recommendations are implemented. We’ll provide a quote for upgrading each individual item we recommend, which can be tailored to your specific needs and time frame. In addition, renewable options (e.g. PV, solar thermal, geothermal, etc.) can be explored as well.

  • While we are in your home, we’ll also monitor the ambient Carbon Monoxide (CO) level to ensure that the air you and your family is breathing is safe. A combustion safety test will be performed to make sure combustion appliances like your furnace, hot water heater, fireplace and stove/oven are operating properly and that any potentially harmful CO emissions are being properly vented. We also use a combustion gas detector to sniff out any gas leaks and lastly, we inspect all areas of the home (inside and out) for any moisture and potential mold issues.

Eligible for Rebates? We do ALL the Paperwork for You.
Your local Michigan utility companies (DTE Energy, Consumers Energy and others depending on your location) offer many individual rebates on the installation of energy efficient improvements. Additionally, you can take advantage of bonus rebates for doing multiple measures at once. Figuring out which particular rebates apply to the improvement work you are doing can be frustrating and time consuming, but don’t worry, we’ll take care of applying for any eligible rebates for you as part of our E3 process.

Energy Star Upgrades Equal Powerful Savings
Energy efficient products and appliances translate directly into savings on your energy bill. If your appliances, furnace, water heater or air conditioning system are more than 15 years old, it’s time to consider Energy Star qualified models. Older models don’t include the sophisticated technology that is used in today’s high efficiency equipment, so upgrading to a new, Energy Star qualified model offers the most energy savings opportunity.

As part of our home E3 and data collection process, opportunities to upgrade existing equipment-and how much energy and money upgrading that equipment will save you-will be provided in the energy evaluation report. To learn more about Energy Star, please visit www.energystar.gov

An E3 for Every Residence, Every Customer
Whether you live in a home, apartment, condo, townhouse, and whether you rent, own, or are looking to own, we can help. Have your real estate agent book an E3 to see the condition of the place you want to call home. Building your own home? Pre-construction consulting can save you thousands of dollars!

Energy evaluations are not just for residential customers. We do comprehensive energy evaluations on commercial and industrial businesses as well. The overall process is similar to the home E3, but also includes recommendations on how to save energy and money on unique operations and processes within your building that are part of your everyday business. To learn more, see our Comprehensive Energy Evaluation (CEE) page here.

Call Today!
Call one of the numbers below to talk to an E3 specialist and to make an appointment.

Toll Free: (866) 270-2370

Local: (248) 740-4802