Home Energy Audit
As of today our members can do a self-audit online at our website under Energy Info/Home Energy Suite. At the Home Energy Suite they would choose HomeEnergyCalculator to complete their audit. Also at this location is an energy library to help them with other questions such as how much does a space heater cost to operate.
Members can request an energy audit at a cost of $50.00. The audit will consist of:
- 13 point inspection of premises
- 60 day evaluation of home history
- Daily evaluation of history vs. weather
- Thermal camera evaluation of their home.
Members can opt for a Premium audit at a cost of $350.00 (this is for one system; additional HVAC systems will cost an additional $75.00 for each one) which includes everything above plus:
- Blower door examination
- Duct Blaster Examination
These examinations can be completed by any VET (Vent and Envelope Tightness) verifier as long as they follow our guidelines and fill out our paperwork. This audit would qualify the customer to receive rebates for the following items that are verified only by conducting the above tests:
- $250.00 rebate for insulation upgrade to R-38
- $350.00 rebate for duct tightening (each system) with a <5% leakage of square foot tested (must have retest)
- $250 rebate for envelope tightening with a final leakage of <=7 ACH50 (must have retest)
These rebates are only available to members who choose to have the Premium Audit as a test and retest of the property is involved. Adding insulation without first looking to see if other problems may exist may only mask the true problem in the home. Insulation is not an air barrier. These rebates are to help with the cost of the upgrades to our members. This test takes about three (3) hours to complete with another trip to be made if the member makes some changes. Those that really need help with their electricity usage will benefit greatly by having us or someone else perform these tests. Georgia State Energy Code requirements starting July 1, 2011 requires all new homes built in Georgia have a blower door test to examine the tightness of the home before they can get a Certificate of Occupancy. We will be testing homes for our builders as well at a rate of $350.00 per house plus $75.00 for each additional HVAC unit. This law is only effective for houses permitted on July 1st or later.