The field of home energy efficiency and building science is based on exactly that: science. BUT science can be misleading and sometimes mistaken in the real world if not taken with a healthy grain of salt, real-world experience.
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Energy Auditors/Building Consultants
Al Heath, Bath, ME
207-522-4588 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditing: Prices vary between $300-500 depending on the size of your home and complexity of information desired. Involves 2-4 hours in your home investigating and collecting data (homeowners are encouraged to be present), 2-4 hours processing data and writing report. A digital or printed copy of report is provided and 30-60 minutes, usually by phone, discussing the report. Many clients desire further consulting services.
Consulting: With 20 years of hands-on building and energy efficiency related experience I very much enjoy working with homeowners and contractors making the important decisions related to Deep Energy Retrofits and new construction. Charges are $40 per hour and the first hour is always free.
Free hour of consulting: Call or email to arrange a time to talk.
Blower Door Testing: Blower door testing is an important part of an energy audit but can also be done separately before, during, and after the building process. Testing is extremely helpful to find and fix sources of infiltration before they are covered up and to decide heat exchanger run times ensuring fresh air.
Energy Modeling: Computer modeling (not usually included in audits) can give you a deeper understanding of energy dynamics and can greatly help with cost/payback decisions. For example, is it worth paying for an extra 6″ of cellulose or what is the payback for more efficient windows?