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These inspections are done on houses for which a home owner has applied for the Wisconsin Weatherization Assistance Program. The inspections include pre-inspections to determine whether a home qualifies for assistance; an energy audit, which determines what components in a house qualify to be replaced under the program regulations; final inspections to determine that work performed by the contractors meets the program regulations; and emergency furnace inspections, which determine that the work performed by the contractors meets the program regulations.
Due to rising energy costs, as well as homeowners’ desire to support both living green and national energy independence, there has been a surge of interest in home energy efficiency. You need to take action to control these costs but what do you do beyond lowering the thermostat to unbearable levels?
The first step to controlling energy use is a comprehensive NPI energy assessment. An energy assessment (sometimes called an energy audit, evaluation or inspection) primarily looks for ways that energy can escape a building and uncovers inefficient uses of energy.
Only with the benefit of an NPI energy audit using a calibrated blower door and infrared technology can we see the tremendous cold-air infiltration shown in blue. These are the tools recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy for a professional energy audit and used by NPI.
Joshua Oezer, Brandon Jacobson, and Andy Anderson of National Property Inspections have received their Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification as Professional Building Analysts. As BPI-certified Professional Building Analysts, Josh, Brandon, and Andy perform independent energy audits/assessments on existing homes and are trained to look at the home as a complete system.
Rather than focusing on a single component, such as single-pane windows or an old air conditioning system, NPI uses diagnostic tools to create recommendations for heating and cooling equipment, insulation, air infiltration, windows, doors and lighting. NPI prepares detailed summary reports, with photos and practical solutions that many homeowners can do themselves to save money.
How Does NPI Perform Energy Audits?
What will I learn from an Energy Audit?
NPI will provide a detailed report with both digital and infrared photos showing areas of excessive heat or cold entering your home or commercial building, directing you to the best places to stop these energy leaks.
Your NPI Inspector will give you suggestions for practical repairs and upgrades, which will potentially save hundreds or thousands of dollars in future energy costs.
Your report also will include specific data regarding the volume of air leaks noted in your home or commercial building, which can serve as a base for comparison to other buildings or to compare to a future follow-up test to see the improvement.
The cost of an energy audit varies based on the square footage of the home. The energy audit or assessment takes about three hours and may be your first step to substantial energy savings.