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Residential Comprehensive Audit Program

What is the Residential Comprehensive Audit Program?

The Residential Comprehensive Audit Program is a home energy efficiency program that includes an initial audit, installation of energy efficiency measures and an incentive structure designed to help homeowners make energy-efficient improvements. A BPI-certified auditor will perform the audit, evaluate your home’s energy efficiency and recommend improvements that could save you energy and money.


What does it mean to be BPI-certified?

The Building Performance Institute (BPI®) is a non-profit developer of technical standards for home performance and weatherization retrofit work. BPI standards are recognized across North America as a resource for building science technology that sets standards for assessing and improving the energy performance as well as the health and safety of homes. Auditors who are BPI-certified have undergone training and testing to demonstrate the ability to do work in accordance with BPI standards.


What does the Residential Comprehensive Audit consist of?

The Residential Comprehensive Audit consists of a BPI-certified auditor working with you one-on-one to identify energy-saving improvements you can make to your home. The auditor will evaluate your home’s heating and cooling systems, insulation and windows, and will conduct a blower door test to detect air leaks that could be costing you money. During the audit, energy-saving products worth up to $200 may be installed at no additional cost to you.


What rebates are available as part of the Residential Comprehensive Audit Program?

There are opportunities to receive a $250 instant rebate on a comprehensive energy audit and additional rebates for installing energy-saving improvements in your home with the savings you achieve.


What energy-saving products will be installed as part of the Residential Comprehensive Audit?

Energy-saving products worth up to $200 may be installed at no additional cost to you as part of the Residential Comprehensive Audit. These products are subject to change and may include LED bulbs, an LED nightlight, a smart power strip, pipe insulation, a furnace whistle, a showerhead, and kitchen and bath faucet aerators, depending on the type of water heat in the home.

 

How much can the energy-saving products actually save?

- LEDs use up to 90 percent less energy and can save an average of $80 in energy costs over their lifetime compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. A popular residential option, ENERGY STAR® light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, can be installed in bathrooms, permanent fixtures, ceiling fans, chandeliers and other high-usage areas.

- Faucet aerators use up to 55 percent less water than traditional 2.2-gallons-per-minute (gpm) faucets, which can reduce water and sewer costs, as well as the amount of energy used to heat the water.*

- Showerheads use up to 40 percent less water than traditional 2.5-gpm showerheads, which can reduce water and sewer costs, as well as the amount of energy used to heat the water.*

*energystar.gov 


Are LED lightbulbs safe for the environment?

Yes. Unlike CFLs, LEDs do not contain mercury and are not harmful to the environment if broken.


How do I properly dispose of unbroken LEDs?

It is important that the LED remain intact to prevent injury from broken or crushed bulbs. For more details, including local recycling locations and contact information for recycling in your area, visit earth911.com or epa.gov/bulbrecycling.


If a fixture uses less water, will it take longer to complete tasks?

We only install engineered aerators designed to perform the same task using less water more efficiently.

Energy-saving aerators mix air and water to provide the correct surface area coverage for completing tasks. Chances are you will not even notice that the flow rate has changed.


How do energy-efficient aerators and showerheads use less energy?

Energy-efficient fixtures are designed to complete the same task while utilizing less water. Since your water is heated with electricity, using less hot water will additionally lower your electric bills.


Will I notice a difference in water temperature?

The water temperature will not be affected by the energy-efficient fixtures. The temperature will still be controlled by your fixture.


How much money will I save on my bill monthly?

Monthly savings are based on individual usage of both water and electric services.


What is the life of an LED lightbulb?

The average life of an LED bulb, based on three hours of usage per day, is about 22.8 years. Life is based on individual use per bulb.


What safety precautions do I need to be aware of before my energy audit?

If there are any unsecured pets or unattended minors upon our arrival, we will not be able to enter to perform the audit or installation. During product installation, we ask that all small children be kept at a safe distance from the installers. The installers will provide further direction once on-site.


What is the next step?

Call 1-855-314-9962 or click here to schedule an appointment for an energy audit and installation of energy-saving products!

*source: energystar.gov