| ENERGY AUDITS
Energy Audits provide a comprehensive understanding of building energy use
and the opportunities to reduce energy consumption and cost.
Home energy audits are detailed examinations of a home to determine:
Where and how energy is being lost.
Those systems in the home that are operating inefficiently.
The types of cost-effective measures that can be put in place to make the
home more comfortable, affordable and energy efficient.
Consumers can choose to do either a Home Energy Survey or a General
Energy Audit (also known as an energy assessment). Depending on which
type of energy audit they choose to do, a certified RESNET Home Energy
Auditor will conduct diagnostic testing with specialized equipment to measure
air leaks and reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing
Benefits of Home Energy Audits
Among the many benefits of home energy audits are discovering why a home
Too hot in summer and too cold in winter.
Suffering from moisture problems or air leakage.
Costing its owners too much money to run.
Home energy audits identify a home’s energy problems and present its owners
with cost-effective solutions to those problems.
Home Energy Audits vs Home Energy Ratings
| HOME ENERGY RATING
An analysis of a home’s energy efficiency; as per the
Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index. The HERS
Index is the nationally recognized scoring system for
measuring a home’s energy performance. Based on the
results, an energy-rated home will receive a HERS Index
Score. The HERS Index Score can be described as a sort
of miles-per-gallon (MPG) sticker for houses, giving
prospective buyers and homeowners an insight as to how
the home ranks in terms of energy efficiency. In addition to
a HERS Index Score, a home energy rating also provides
the homeowner with a detailed report regarding energy
problems in the house.
A comprehensive HERS home energy rating, conducted by
a certified RESNET Home Energy Rater, is the most in-
depth energy performance assessment of a home that you’
ll find. It consists of diagnostic testing using specialized
equipment, such as a blower door test, duct leakage tester,
combustion analyzer and infrared cameras.
The comprehensive HERS rating provides a computerized
simulation analysis utilizing RESNET Accredited Rating
Software to calculate a rating score on the HERS Index.
The report will also contain a cost/benefit analysis for the
recommended improvements and expected return on