Energy Audit Credentials


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Residential Energy Service Network
  Building Performance Institute Certified Professional
  Focus On Energy
 
 

Beyond Energy LLC
P.O. Box 201 Mukwonago, WI
53149-0201
 

262-470-3149

Serving Southeast Wisconsin

Wisconsin Home Performance Audit Frequently Asked Questions

_General
  What is the benefit to having an energy audit completed?
  How long does an home energy audit take?
  What's the cost payback of an assesment of my home?
  How much money can I receive back from Focus on Energy for having an audit completed?
  Should I spend a lot of money to find out what my homes issues are?
  I already know my windows and doors are bad.
  I know I need insulation, why conduct all this other testing?
  Does it have to be cold out to perform an energy audit on my home?
  Do I have to use the contractors you recommend?
  I want to save money on electrical costs, but I don't like the light the CFL bulbs give off?
  I heard the new CFL bulbs have mercury in them?
  Can a house be too tight?
  What's your experience?
  Do you perform testing that meets Wisconsin Building code SPS 322.37?

  What is the benefit to having an energy audit completed?  TOP
 

The benefits of an home energy audit for your Wisconsin home are numerous and here are a few of them:

  • Actually spending your money on improvements your home needs. Not simply applying a band-aid fix to the issues at hand. Thus saving you guesswork, and money.
  • Inspected, tested and documented results specifically pertaining to the issues you're experiencing with your home. 
  • Post improvement visit - at an additional cost- to verify results of the effectiveness, quality and performance of the improvements made to your home.
  • Cash back for some of the improvements you may have completed may be possible by using a contractor affiliated with the Focus on Energy program.
  • Verification that the improvements you made didn't actually cause additional problems with indoor air quality, moisture related issues or combustion safety.
  • Potentially higher selling price for your home due to the additional features you added. With reduced energy consumption a person may qualify for a mortgage that takes into account the reduced energy costs.
 
  How long does an home energy audit take?  TOP
  The typical home energy audit takes between 2-3 hours.
 
  What's the cost payback of an assesment of my home?  TOP
  Recent legislation "if passed" may actually allow you to deduct the cost of the audit on your taxes for 2022. Keep in mind that energy efficient improvements continually pay you back over the life of the home, and this payback increases as energy costs increase.
 
  How much money can I receive back from Focus on Energy for having an audit completed?  TOP
 
The Focus on Energy approved contractor will be able to tell you how much you qualify for when they give you your estimate of the work you'd like them to do as a result fo the assesment.
 
  Should I spend a lot of money to find out what my homes issues are?  TOP
  The tests performed during a typical assessment are plenty enough testing to help you find out what your homes issues are.  As certified Home energy raters we can perform additional diagnostics if need be, or if you decide you want them -for an additional cost.  This additional diagnostic testing may add an additional 1-3 hours to the length of time to complete the audit.
 
  I already know my windows and doors are bad.  TOP
  We don't usually spend a lot of time looking at your doors and windows; we concentrate on the issues we find to be lacking in performance in your home based off of the diagnostic testing we perform. Not opinions.  If warranted we'll address issues or concerns you have with the windows and doors while conducting our testing, so whether your windows are bad or better than you thought -you'll be able to see that for your self during testing.
 
  I know I need insulation, why conduct all this other testing?  TOP
  Because it's in your best interest to take the "Whole house approach", to making home improvements.  What this means is that when you make a change to one part of the home.  Those changes affect the performance of other parts of your home .  By performing the tests on the whole house we can make solid recommendations that will make a difference in the issues you're trying to resolve, and reduce the potential for health, safety, or comfort issues to arise as a result.

 
  Does it have to be cold out to perform an energy audit on my home?  TOP
  No.  We can conduct testing on your home during any time of the year.  Whether it's summer or winter.  We can perform the tests neccessary to get to the root of the issues you're experiancing with your home.
 
  Do I have to use the contractors you recommend?  TOP
  NO.  You can make the improvements yourself or hire your own contractor.  Using one of the contractors who've partnered with the Focus on Energy program benefits you a couple ways.  1. They're usually familiar with the techniques used in making retrofit improvements to your home. 2. They will provide you with the amount of the rebate from Focus on Energy that's available to you. 3. If they've missed something as part of the program and good customer service they come back to remedy the issue without hassle.
 
  I want to save money on electrical costs, but I don't like the light the CFL and LED bulbs give off?  TOP
 

To achieve better results with the ENERGY STAR rated CFL (compact fluorescent light) or LED bulbs compare and match the amount of Lumens of the bulb you normally buy, to the energy efficient bulb you're going to buy.  This will help to ensure you're getting a bulb that's giving off the same amount of light. 

Different brands may have different colors of light available which will also have an effect on your regard for the new light bulbs. 

 
  I heard the new CFL bulbs have mercury in them?  TOP
  This is true. However the amount is significantly less than you may have encountered in old dial thermostats. ENERGY STAR rated CFL bulbs usually have around 5 milligrams of mercury in them where as the circular thermostat you may have on the wall has about 3 grams! A thermometer may have anywhere from 500 milligrams to 2 grams of mercury in them.
 
  Can a house be too tight?  TOP
 

The majority of us don't live in spacestations or submarines, and we don't build homes nearly to that extreme no matter how hard we try.  YET.  Building tight and building right can be successful by using the whole house approach to your home improvement project. Taking into consideration things like your combustion appliances, ventilation, moisture, as well as improvements your home needs upfront can avoid issues later on down the road.  

 
  What's your experience?  TOP
 

My experience lies in residential single and multifamily construction and remodeling since the mid 80's.  As well as schooling, including being a certified home inspector.  

 
  Do you perform testing that meets Wisconsin Building code SPS 322.37?  TOP
  Yes we do.