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Old 12-16-2007, 09:29 AM
 
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...does it make sense?

If its better to do, then do you know of any good energy audit contractor?

Our utilities company 'Pedernales utility' does not have energy audit - at least they did not mention on their web site.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-16-2007, 02:48 PM
 
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I have friends that did an energy audit on there house them selfs, you may want to check out this: http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/.../mytopic=11170 . If you do not want to do it you're self you may want to go to the City of Austin website. they have information about Auditors on there as well http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/. Hope this helps!
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:40 AM
 
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We had a company come out and seal up everything - we decided to do only the duct sealing and weatherization to the house, caulk windows, doors, etc. But they do everything, insulation and radiant barrier. We have a lot of trees so we decided against radiant barrier and we are waiting for our tax reurn to do the insulation. But so far our home feels tighter. The front door closes firmly like there is actually a vaccumm seal!

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Old 06-08-2009, 04:50 PM
 
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Default BPI Certification ECAD Program

If you are looking for more information about the ordinance, to schedule an audit, or become and auditor visit Energy Audit Austin, Green Building Design | Halcyon Environmental (http://www.hegreen.com/energy_audit_certification_class.html - broken link). Halcyon Environmental provides green building expertise and can help answer your questions about BPI Certification, ECAD Program, green building, energy efficiency and sustainability.
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:26 AM
 
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The ECAD is meant to work in conjunction with rebates available from the city. An energy audit on your home can give you an idea of where you can spend money to save more money than you spend. A lot of upgrades can have a return on investment within 3 years. Visit http://www.austinauditors.com/ to learn more about home energy efficiency and energy audits.
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:48 AM
 
Location: SW Austin & Wimberley
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...does it make sense?

If its better to do, then do you know of any good energy audit contractor?

Our utilities company 'Pedernales utility' does not have energy audit - at least they did not mention on their web site.

Thanks in advance!
Are you asking about a new built house, or an older house new to you?

If you have a budget and know you will make improvements based on the audit, you don't really need to do the audit because they all reveal the same basic things needed.

1) Seal all HVAC ductwork. They all leak more than the allowable amount. Call an HVAC company to service your system and seal all ductwork. It needs it, guaranteed (unless brand new).

2) Weather stripping. Every energy audit I've seen also recommends better/additional weather stripping.

3) Solar screens. For south and east or west facing windows that receive direct sunlight.

4) Attic insulation. Same story. All older homes need more. You don't need to pay someone to tell you. Newer ones (less than 5 years) are usually ok.

You don't need an energy audit to tell you to do these 4 things and they show up on every energy audit. The only reason you would need the audit is if you want to take advantage of some city rebates, which may or may not be worth the effort. If you're replacing equipment, it probably is, otherwise, just do these things and pay for it yourself and enjoy the payback in lower bills.

Additionally, the plug and switch sockets that are on exterior walls leak more than you'd imagine. You can purchase cheap foam insulators to install in those and you'll cut down on air exchange in the walls. Also, check all exterior window trim for caulking needs (falls under the category of weather stripping, but that isn't obvious to some people).

Steve
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