Tips

  • Make a list of existing problems and share that with your contractor. Your list may include the following: visible condensation, uncomfortable or drafty rooms, mold or mildew, dampness, odors, icicles along your eaves, and pest problems (ants, mice, etc.).

  • Prepare copies of your energy bills from the past 12 months. Gather together electricity, heating, and cooling bills, or request copies from your electric utility or fuel dealer. Your contractor will want to know the quantity (in gallons) of fuel used, not the amount you paid. If you used wood or another supplemental fuel, have those quantities available too.

  • Be present during the audit. To do a thorough inspection, your contractor will need easy access to the following areas: attic, basement, and crawl spaces; electric panels; and heating and water heating systems. During the audit, you can ask questions that come up, as well as provide helpful information to the auditor.

  • Know the following:
    • Average thermostat settings for summer and winter
    • Number of occupants
    • Number of heating and cooling zones
    • Heating sources and fuel-type(s)
    • Occupancy during daytime hours
    • Presence of energy-intensive appliances or devices (such as heat pumps, electric space heaters, or medical equipment).

  • Prepare your wood-burning heating system. If your heating system burns wood, be sure to remove the ashes before the contractor arrives. A blower door test can make a mess when ashes are present (and it’s good safety practice to remove your ashes, too).

After you’ve had your audit, we can help you review the results and prioritize next steps.

Contact our customer support team.