| Service || Description || Base Price |
|A complete assessment of your home's operation and energy efficiency ||$300 |
|A complete home inspection from a certified home inspector PLUS a complete energy audit ||$600 (2 certified pros on-site) |
| Electrical Bill Audit ||Focussed on analyzing and reducing your power consumption & hydro bill (energy audits and home inspection do not address this in detail) ||$200 |
The practical advice given in an energy audit report arms clients with the most cost-effective and prioritized steps to take to reduce their bills (primarily heating and cooling costs) and make their home the most comfortable and energy efficient it can be.
An energy audit will provide you with:
- An assessment of your home's insulation, windows/doors, furnace, air conditioning, ventilation, water consumption and draftiness
- Diagnosis of common problems such as moisture, humidity, ice damming, cold/hot spots, potential combustion spillage etc.
- An prioritized list of recommended changes or energy upgrades in order to make your home more efficient, along with the estimated impact of those changes
- An EnerGuide score from 0 to 100, indicating where the home stands now in terms of efficiency, and where it can be after changes are made
- A precise fresh air assessment, indicating how much air exchange the home is getting, and how close to optimum that level of fresh air is (most homes are too drafty and we can tell you how much to reduce drafts by)
- Practical tips on how to go about your energy efficient retrofits or upgrades
More Benefits of an Energy Audit
Save Money on Your Energy Bills
Nobody wants to pay a fortune to replace their windows if they could have done some air sealing instead and reduced their bills by just as much. We can tell you where to spend your money to reduce bills.
Increase Your Comfort
When you implement home improvements recommended by a certified professional, you will literally feel the difference. Air sealing the building shell, sealing leaky air handler ducts, adding insulation, or replacing that old furnace or air conditioner will make your home a more pleasant place to be.
Increase Your Home's Resale Value
For every $1 decrease in annual energy costs, the market value of a home increases by $20, according to a study published in the Appraisal Journal. If you decrease your energy costs by $300 per year, the value of your home increases by $6,000. Green Monsters can verify measurable results of the improvements performed.
Improve Your Home's Marketability
With rising fuel costs, home buyers are seriously considering the house's operating expenses. Measures to lower utility bills are valuable home improvements that reap dividends month after month. PLUS, with the new Green Energy Act in place, you will be able to show potential buyers that you have made your home energy efficient, whereas other sellers may not have done the same.
Uncover Hidden Problems
A home energy audit involves a thorough inspection of your home, which can uncover hidden structural and safety problems before they cause major damage. For example, improper ventilation can cause mold or mildew growth, which you may not discover until it becomes severe and costly repairs are required. A certified energy advisor can prevent problems before they affect your health or damage your home.
Help the Environment
By using less energy, you reduce the amount of pollution and greenhouse gasses that are created in the production of electricity and the fuels we burn. You can feel good about the energy (and money) you're saving because you're doing your part for the environment.
Take Advantage of Government Incentives
Ontario Government grants are still available! Plus, other local and provincial programs are always starting up or in the works. Green Monsters does all the incentive and grant paperwork for you!
Detailed Draft and Air Quality Testing
By conducting a blower door depressurization test, we can tell you specifically how much fresh air your home or business is getting (usually way too much and sometimes too little). By managing air exchange, you can provide the optimum amount of fresh air and comfort to an indoor environment, while minimizing the cost to heat or cool that space. Our testing will reveal the locations of those pesky drafts, or the locations of indoor air quality problems.
Extending the Life of Your Home and its Parts
An energy audit will help reveal problems like over-taxing of furnaces, ice dams, mould, missing insulation, phantom electrical power drains, improper attics etc
Home Inspection & Energy Audit - Our Exclusive 2-in-1 Service!
Now, whenever you need a home inspection, you can also take the opportunity to do a complete, simultaneous energy audit in order to get the COMPLETE picture of your current home or a potential new home.
Green Monsters offers an exclusive, simultaneous home inspection and energy audit. We do it the right way - we provide you with a dedicated certified inspector and a dedicated certified energy advisor / engineer who are focused solely on their own data collection and reporting. Some inspectors or service providers will offer an energy audit "thrown in" with a home inspection, then only one inspector (or an inspector plus un-certified assistant) will show up to provide two separate services that require the full attention of professionals. Don't buy it! Do it the right way and have Green Monsters perform your valuable inspection and energy audit in the same time that it takes to have an inspection done, with two certified pros working in tandem.