There are many reasons to get a home energy audit. An audit will help you prepare your home for a weather emergency, and help you know how you can reduce your carbon footprint. Each homeowner may have different reasons. For most families, the savings potential on heating and cooling costs is the biggest motivation. 

Premier Home Solutions provides home energy audits absolutely free once a year to households within 100 miles of Lansing Michigan. 

Why do you need a home energy audit? Here are 10 reasons!

1. Understand How Your Home Can Be More Efficient

The first reason to get a home energy audit is to understand how your home can be more energy efficient. This study, which takes just a couple of hours, looks at where air is entering and exiting your home, where you could use more insulation. It compares your energy bills with other households of similar size and location. When the process is complete, you will have an excellent understanding of where your home is efficient, and where it could use a little help.  

2. See How Much Money You Can Save Each Month

While saving energy is great for our shared environment, likely the number one reason people choose to increase the energy efficiency of their homes is to save money. And the economics can be quite stunning. With energy efficiency improvements, households can save thousands of dollars a year on energy bills in some cases. The best part is, many of these improvements pay for themselves over the lifetime of the homes. A home energy audit can help you understand just how much you can save per year. 

3. They’re Free

PHS Provides home energy audits for everyone’s favorite price: free. These energy audits are absolutely free to you and are no pressure. All we ask is that you give our insulation, weather sealing and other services an honest look. 

4. They Pinpoint Where Your Dollars Go Furthest

Sometimes it can be hard to understand where your limited home improvement dollars may go furthest to save energy and money. Would it make sense to get new windows first? Or maybe insulation would save you more. Perhaps it’s some simple weather sealing. A home energy audit can tell you.

5. They Use Specialized Equipment Not Available to Most DIY’ers

One drawback to home energy audits is they really aren't available to DIY’ers, because they use specialized equipment like infrared cameras and blower doors. But no fear, we have all the equipment, are highly trained, and happy to help you out absolutely for free.

6. Make Your Home More Comfortable

Not only will improving the energy efficiency of your home save money and likely pay for itself in the long run, it will make your home more comfortable. Adding insulation or weather sealing will stop drafts, keep your home heated evenly across rooms, and eliminate cold floors, among other things. Like these other improvements, this all starts with a home energy audit. 

7. Make Your Home Safer

A lesser known benefit of improving energy efficiency— which, as always, starts with a home energy audit— is these improvements make your home safer. Things like insulation are the first line of defense against household pollutants like mold and mildew, and improving the airflow in your home also improves its quality, in many cases significantly. 

8. Increase Your Home’s Resale Value 

One interesting side note of a home energy audit is that knowing exactly how energy efficient your home is can increase its resale value. In numbers— which translate to dollars and cents— you can notify potential buyers that your home is exceptionally energy efficient when compared to others in the neighborhood. 

9. Understand Your Energy Bills

Another little known facet of the home energy audit, is that a technician will go through your energy bills with you as part of the process. With these, we can understand how much energy your home is using on an average monthly basis, and compare it to what it should be with current building standards and other homes in the area. By getting a home energy audit our technicians can help explain what is going on in your bills and compare them to others.

10. Learn About Financial Incentives

Finally, when our technicians visit your home, they will come with the knowledge of any financial incentives that may be available for improving the efficiency of your home. These can be significant, and change often, but our technicians can inform you of what is currently available. We want you to be in the most energy efficient home possible and will inform you of any free money that might be able to help with this goal. 

Call Premier Home Solutions for a Free Home Energy Audit in Southern Michigan

If you think a home energy audit might be right for you, give us a call today. We’ll perform a home energy audit at your earliest convenience and absolutely for free. We’re looking forward to serving you.

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3 Ways To Save Money On Home Energy

 

 

3 Simple Ways to Save Money on Rising Energy Costs

Rising energy costs are affecting people worldwide after the COVID-19 pandemic, and many Americans have struggled to keep up with their monthly expenses. 

One-in-five Americans failed to pay their monthly heating bill in full at least once this past winter.

Nearly 30% of our fellow citizens reduced or went without basic needs such as food and medicine to pay their energy bills in the last year. 

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts continuing increases in energy costs in 2022. 

This trend has forced many Americans to look for ways to conserve energy not only to decrease their environmental impact but to lower their at-home energy costs. 

How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient (With Actionable Steps) 

Luckily, there are ways to save money on rising energy bills by making your home more energy-efficient. 

Before going through the following steps, it is good to review your energy bill. The average electricity consumption is about 1000 kW/month. If yours is higher than this, you have great potential for future savings. 

1. Adjust the Temperature of Your Home 

Minor changes in your thermometer settings can save you money and help improve your home's energy efficiency. 

Here are a few ways to adjust the temperature to reduce at-home energy costs: 

  • Consider the location of your thermostat 
  • Set the thermostat to 68 degrees or lower during the winter 
  • Turn the thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer 
  • Make use of natural sunlight
  • Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees

Consider the location of your thermostat:

Keep your thermostat away from any areas where it may be exposed to extreme temperatures. These sudden temperature changes can trick the thermostat into believing the room is a lot hotter or colder than it is. 

Examples of extreme temperature areas can include: 

  • Near a door that can let in warm or cold air from the outside 
  • Close to windows that cast warm sunshine directly on the thermostat 
  • Outside a bathroom door where the thermostat can be exposed to warm steamy air 
  • Nearby TV sets or lamps, as these devices produce heat that could throw off thermostats sensors

Set the thermostat to 68 degrees or lower during the winter/Turn the thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer:  

Often people like to keep their thermometer at a set temperature to keep their heating and cooling systems from working too hard to get their home to a comfortable temperature. 

However, adjusting the set temperature while not at home can cut back on heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer. 

Homes that are energy efficient will hold a steady temperature for hours longer than homes which are not energy efficient.

Make use of natural sunlight:

Also, natural sunlight can help you keep your home warm in the winter. During the winter months, let the sunlight in to help warm rooms with plenty of windows. 

With proper window coverings such as blackout or UV curtains, blocking out those same windows during the summer can help you keep your home cooler.

If you windows are older, they are likely also not as efficient as modern windows. Premier Home Solutions is your local complete window replacement resource. Our windows were designed in house for maximum energy efficiency, and are Energy Star® certified. This means our window meet the governments highest standards for reducing air loss.

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Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees:

While thinking about temperature control in your house, check on your water heater. Adjusting the tank to 120 degrees is manageable for most homes. This adjustment also helps reduce accidental scalding and can slow the build-up of minerals in your water tank. 

Replace old or damaged insulation

The biggest ally to maintaining your homes temperature is the insulation. If your home is over 5 years old, it might be a good idea to examine the insulation in your home. Fiberglass insulation is not the best choice for todays homes. It was and still is widely used, but it can provide pests with nesting space, and loses its effectiveness if it gets wet.

Spray in cellulose insulation is great for attics that don't have enough insulation to begin with. Cellulose is more environmentally friendly than fiberglass insulation and more economical than other choices. It provides quality insulation in spaces where insulation can be allowed to settle.

Spray foam insulation is the most effective and also the most environmentally friendly option. Available in different types for each unique situation, spray foam can be used to seal air leaks and fill spaces that need insulation where settling would be a problem. It fills any cavity it is applied too and does not settle over time. This type of insulation can be added to attics and even sprayed into existing walls without requiring tearing apart drywall. The noise dampening and water proof nature of spray foam, are bonus qualities that cellulose and fiberglass insulation, do not offer.

2. Stop heated or cooled air from escaping your home

Let's face it, gaps in and around the house is one of the biggest contributors to waisted home energy. Heated or cooled air can escape a home easily through gaps in walls, around windows and other areas you might not think. Critters such as mice and spiders also use these gaps as if they had an open invitation.

The solution is to ensure all areas of your home are properly sealed. We offer a blower door test that allows our technicians to quickly identify where conditioned air is escaping your home. Our team will then create a plan to seal up these leaks for good.

The average home loses enough heated or cooled air through air gaps, it has been compared to leaving a window open year round. You wouldn't throw money out the window. Proper air sealing keeps that money in your pocket, and pays for itself over a few short years.

3. Schedule a Home Energy Audit

If you’ve completed the above steps and still need more ideas on how to increase your home's energy efficiency, then you should consider scheduling a home energy audit. 

Premier Home Solution's home energy audits identify problem areas in your home and allows us to make a plan to fit your budget, and maximize your return on investment.

While there are ways to DIY your home energy audit, it does require a lot of work and is often not as effective unless you are very familiar with the products and techniques the pros use. Scheduling a home energy audit with a professional company can help make sure you don’t miss any potential savings as well.

Plus, our BPI certified home energy auditors, have access to state of the art tools like infrared cameras, gadgets to detect drafts, and other energy issues with your home. Such issues may be caused by poor or damage insulation, out of date windows & doors, or even gaps in your home that allow heated air out and creepy crawly critters in.

According to Energy.gov, you can save an average of 10 - 20% on your annual energy costs if you address common issues found during home energy audits. These improvements Pay for themselves over time!

Schedule your free no obligation home energy consultation today!

Although rising energy costs can seem like an ongoing problem, we can help reduce your costs and upgrade your home's environmental footprint.

For more information and energy-saving resources, contact Premier Home Solutions today. 

 

Sources: 

Energy.gov - Thermostat Savings This Winter

The United States Census Bureau - Household Pulse Survey (housing 4 Week 39) 

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) - EIA forecasts higher U.S. heating bills this winter

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The Tools of the Home Energy Audit

Perhaps you have become familiar with a home energy audit, a scientific assessment of your home’s energy use.  Are you familiar with how they are performed and what tools do they use?

At Premier Home Solutions we aim to offer your family the most accurate information on energy efficiency. We enable you to make an educated decisions on your own home and lifestyle. We believe energy efficiency is one of the most important things you can do for your wallet, as well as the health and comfort of your family. It all starts with a home energy audit.

With spiking home energy prices and more frequent severe weather, now is the time to think about how you can maximize todays low interest rates. Add in the savings on your energy bills plus your families comfort and safety, and getting a free home energy audit simply makes sense. Especially because our residential energy assessments are free and come with no obligation.

So how is a home energy audit performed, what does it consist of, and what are the tools we use?

How is a Home Energy Audit Performed? 

After scheduling your free home energy assessment, a technician will first come to your home at a time that is convenient for you. Our BPI® certified technicians will review your utility bills with you and perform some tests on the home itself.

The most important test is the blower door test. This is a machine that connects to your front or rear door (without leaving any marks or damage of course) and creates an area of lower pressure in the home. This area of lower pressure allows outside air into the cracks of your home’s efficiency defense system so our technician can identify problem areas such as windows, air gaps and the like. A technician will search your home room by room for these energy wasters, which can often be felt on their own. We measured using a special calculator designed for this purpose.

Our technician will also use a special infrared camera to detect areas where energy is escaping that cannot be seen with the naked eye or felt with any unaided means.

When the assessments are done, our technician will go through the results with your family, and come up with a plan to create increased energy efficiency for your home, targeting the areas where you can create the most efficiency and save the most money.

The Tools of the Home Energy Assessment

1. The Blower Door Test 

The blower door is a machine that connects to an existing opening in your home, usually the front or rear door, and uses a large fan to create an area of lower pressure in your home so we can better identify air leaks. Connected to this fan is a calculator designed to identify the total area of air escaping your home. In some cases it can be quite large— 20 square inches or more, just like having a window open all winter. A blower door test is also usually performed on new-build homes to test their efficiency from the start.

 

2. The Infrared Camera

This is a specialized, handheld camera that can sense heat changes in areas of your home. You’ve probably seen in a movie before, where an infrared camera is used to track the heat signature of a person or thing in bright colors. Darker reds signify more heat generation, and colors on the blue spectrum indicate areas of cool or cold.

We use this tool to understand how much heat or cold is escaping from your home that could be kept where you want it with materials and techniques like insulation or better windows.

3. Your Home Energy Bills 

Surprisingly, your home’s energy bills are one of the biggest tools we use. We compare your bill with the size of your household and a few other factors, to see how your home compares to other homes in your area. We will also be able to tell you what you stand to save by getting your home to an ideal state.

4. The Report

With every home energy audit we perform, we provide you with a report of our findings. Our technicians will explain the results, and come up with a plan to create the most energy savings possible. All based on yoru specific situation and budget.  In some cases this could be increased or new insulation, new windows, or weatherization. But we will always let you know how to create the most efficiency for your money, and how to get the most bang for your buck.

 Free Home Energy Audits Within 100 Miles of Lansing

If you would like a home energy audit, absolutely for free, give us a call today and we’ll send a technician out at your earliest convenience. The US Department of Energy suggests homes perform energy audits once a year, and we are happy to provide this service to Michigan homeowners within approximately 100 miles of Lansing.

Give us a call today, and be on your way to energy savings!

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