A certified home energy audit is one of the best ways to improve the comfort and value of your home while reducing your environmental impact and saving money on your energy bills.
However, you can’t trust just anyone to handle this highly technical evaluation. Unless you select a qualified home energy auditor, you could end us spending money unnecessarily. In fact, you could even fall victim to a scam.
Avoiding Utah Home Energy Audit Scams
Utah residents are at risk of falling prey to a variety of contracting scams, including home energy auditing.
The most common scam is a door-to-door sales pitch. Scammers may state or imply that they are representing the city, county or utility company. They may tell you they’ve already helped your neighbors save thousands on their power bills. Once they win you over, they’ll conduct a cursory walkthrough of your home and inform you that you need some type of costly energy efficiency upgrade.
If you resist, scammers tend to exert pressure on you until you relent. And, before long, you could be thousands of dollars out-of-pocket and see no appreciable change in your energy use or power bills.
To avoid falling victim to these scams, don’t entertain any proposal or suggestion from a solicitor. Instead, take a proactive stance and do your homework before selecting a qualified energy auditor in Utah, Idaho or Wyoming.
Understand the Purpose of a Home Energy Audit
The purpose of an audit is to identify any areas of your home that are not as energy efficient as they should be.
A professional energy auditor will evaluate your home’s features and systems to determine how efficient they are. A basic audit typically evaluates the HVAC system and ductwork, insulation, windows and vents. A full energy audit also includes a complex air pressure test to identify areas of your home that have air leaks.
After the evaluation, a qualified auditor can recommend specific home upgrades to maximize your home’s comfort and minimize your energy use. Depending on the age of your home, you could potentially reduce your bills by as much as 40 percent. Auditing professionals can also tell you which government and utility company incentives you can use to make the upgrades affordable.
Identifying Qualified Home Energy Auditors
To qualify for county, state and federal rebates and incentives, and for those offered by your local utility companies, you must typically choose a contractor approved by the offeror.
Be sure to choose a local contractor that is licensed, insured and certified to perform an audit, and in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Look for an auditor that is certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). BPI has set standards for energy auditing and efficiency since 1993. Most energy efficiency financial incentive programs require that you use a BPI certified contractor for quality assurance.
GreenHome Specialties, serving customers throughout Utah, southern Idaho and Wyoming, has the experience and qualifications you need in a home energy auditor. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you save money with a home energy audit.