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After completing a “109 point” visual inspection of your home, and analyzing your fuelbills, we develop a custom proposal for corrective action. Our recommendations are evaluated by computer programs developed by New Jersey’s Clean Energy™ program to calculate the amount of savings each improvement will generate. Those savings are then prioritized to help you qualify for the maximum amount of state and federal rebates. Our mission is to propose corrective actions that will generate more than 25% overall savings. If we identify any safety issues or carbon monoxide problems during your audit they have to be fixed prior to or in conjunction with your free air sealing or other work in your home.

In general, our recommendations will focus on strategies to help you become more energy efficient, save money on monthly bills and live in a home that is more comfortable and safe.

1. Prevent heated and cooled air from escaping by finding and sealing air leaks

In the typical home, as much as 25% of your heating and cooling dollars escape through cracks and gaps. So we focus on ways you can seal them recommending either sealant foams, rigid baffles, caulking, weather stripping and rigid insulation. The benefits of air sealing include:

  1. Reduced energy loss and lower utility bills
  2. Minimized risk of ice dams, mold, mildew, and structural damage caused by excess moisture
  3. Reduced drafts to help ensure a more comfortable living environment

2. Prevent heat from being conducted through walls and ceiling by adding insulation

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, only 20% of homes built before 1980 are well insulated. Most homes, regardless of when they were built, lose about 20% of heating and cooling dollars because the envelope is not properly insulated. Based on what your home needs, we will recommend, either cellulose insulation made from recycled newsprint, spray foam insulation made from environmentally safe synthetics or fiberglass batts. The benefits of insulation include:

  1. Reduced energy loss and lower utility bills
  2. Increased warmth in winter and coolness in summer

3. Transform fuel into heat more efficiently by using modern, high efficiency appliances

Typically, 43% of your utility bill goes for heating and cooling. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with appropriate insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling, and reduce environmental emissions, by 20% to 50%

  1. Replace your furnace or boiler, especially if more than 10 years old

    The efficiency of new furnaces is measured by the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), a measure of seasonal performance. Furnaces today can operate at 96% AFUE. Traditional furnaces are 60-70% AFUE. Above 90% AFUE, a furnace is "condensing," which means it recaptures some of the heat wasted in traditional systems by condensing escaping water vapor to recapture heat that otherwise would be wasted up the chimney.

  2. Install a new AC condenser/compressor or heat pump

    If your outside AC condenser/compressor unit is more than 8 to 10 years old (pre-2000) then it most likely only has an efficiency rating of a SEER 8 or 9 vs. the current target 14 or higher. The SEER rating is the BTU of cooling output during a typical cooling-season divided by the total electric energy input in watt-hours during the same period. The higher the SEER the better the efficiency.

  3. Purchase a new water heater

    Water heating accounts for about 12% of your utility bill. Keeping a big tank full of hot water just in case you need it wastes a lot of energy and the older water heaters waste even more due to inefficient design compared to today’s models. New, energy efficient water heaters pull and exhaust all combustion air from the outside, reducing wasted energy. By replacing your old water heater with a direct vent, sealed combustion, indirect or tankless (instantaneous) system, you not only reclaim lost efficiency, you also prevent possible spillage of harmful exhaust gases into your home. We’ll help you understand the options and install your chosen model.