A full scope energy audit conducted by ECS should not be confused with a free, low-tech minimal assessment, which is available from many sources. Our audits generally take between 2-4 hours on site and an additional 5-6 hours with the backend calculations and paperwork. They are significantly more comprehensive than a simple visual inspection. Our audits include a blower door test which identifies areas in the building that are leaking energy, a thorough analysis of the ductwork to identify problem areas or leaks in HVAC ductwork, a carbon monoxide reading to make sure exhaust systems are working properly, and a thermal imaging camera analysis to pinpoint weak areas in the building thermal envelope. After the audit inspection is completed, we take the raw data and put it into a user friendly report for you with prioritized recommendations and projected savings. At this point, you can elect to make the improvements yourself or have us implement the improvements. We will return and re-run the testing equipment (called a test-out) to measure the specific improvements to ensure maximum rebates from Georgia Power.
The primary goal is to improve overall comfort level and temperature consistency which includes reducing heating and cooling cost, reducing electric baseload, eliminating hot and cold spots in the home, and ensuring healthy ventilation in cost effective way. Our recommendations represent both “cutting edge” building science materials and techniques and also simple “tried and true” common sense improvements that will make a big difference in how your home feels and performs. The recommendations we make are prioritized with the concept of a “payback” in mind. Payback is an estimate of how long it will take to save enough energy to pay for the cost of a conservation measure. We believe that it is important to calculate the payback in order to help prioritize your upgrades to achieve the best return on your investment. Therefore, sealing up air leaks, upgrading to low efficiency lighting, and duct-sealing are low cost measures and usually have the fastest return on investment. It is also important to replace only the systems and appliances that are failing or faulty for an effective payback period.