Home Energy Solutions – Frequently Asked Questions
Apply for an Energy Audit
How long does the Home Energy Solutions visit take?
Depending on the age and size of your home, the visit may take 4 hours or more.
Do I need to be at home for the inspection?
Yes. The Valley home energy consultant will need to be able to talk with you about the performance and operation of your home. During the home energy audit inspection, the consultant will conduct a brief interview with you, explaining the inspection process and collecting data. Upon completion of testing, the Valley home energy consultant will discuss significant or urgent findings.
How much does this visit cost?
The Home Energy Solutions program is a residential weatherization program funded by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund. It’s designed to help customers reduce their energy use and cost. For a payment of $75, for natural gas or electric heat customers must be collected and a $99 fee must be collected from oil/propane customers. You will need to provide us with your electric and/or natural gas account number in order for us to proceed with the visit.
What are the benefits to me from this work?
The audit has an estimated value of more than $800. Many people see a savings of 20% to 40% off their annual energy bills after implementing suggested changes. The compact fluorescent light bulbs alone will start saving you electricity immediately upon installation. You can expect to get your money back on the $75/$99 copay you provided within the first few months.
What is a blower door test?
For a blower door test, an exterior door is opened and a nylon door with a fan is put in its place. By depressurizing the building, the test intensifies normal conditions and makes it easier for our auditors to identify air leakage locations and diagnose corrective measures — some of which can be fixed on the spot with door sweeps, caulk or foam.
What certifications do Valley’s energy specialists have?
All our technicians are certified by the Building Performance Institute or BPI. The Institute offers a host of certifications for home performance contractors and our employees have multiple certifications. All will have the BPI Analyst Certification and the BPI Heating Envelope Certification. Our energy specialists have years of experience in the home building trades and home performance contracting. Our Home Energy Solutions teams are backed by Valley’s 70 years of experience in the energy industry.
What is Energy Star?
Energy Star is a program developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy so that homeowners can recognize home energy assessment and retrofit services that meet the program’s standards for whole house energy treatment.