Preparing for Your Energy Assessment

  • auditor asks client questions about fuel consumption, thermostat settings and level of comfort

    The auditor wants to help make your building better. Obtaining fuel consumption records and understanding your typical thermostat settings and level of comfort in the home are part of the process.

Typically there are several weeks to wait from the time you call until the time our auditor shows up to visit and evaluate the building.

Plan on spending time with the auditor. This is an opportunity to learn how your home works and ask questions you may have.

There are a few things you can do to prepare:

  1. Gather your electrical and fuel bills to review with the auditor.
  2. Make a list of any retrofit or energy renovation work that has been done while you've lived in the house. Have you added more insulation? Caulked holes?
  3. Identify known problem areas—drafty corners, holes in the foundation, or areas with moisture issues.
  4. If you have a solid fuel stove (including woodstoves or pellet stoves), you will need to let it go completely out before the assessment—the coals need to be cold, with no hot embers.
  5. Clear access to the attic. If the access to the attic is in a closet ceiling, it may be convenient for the household to clear an access for our telescoping ladder before we arrive. We may also review knee wall access areas if they are available.