Our services for homeowners fall into four basic categories.
1. Energy Audits and Energy Ratings
The Energy Audit is a thorough investigation of your home to assess - and scientifically measure - its energy "signature" and then recommend changes that will improve it to make your home more durable and save you money on utility bills.
The three types of Energy Ratings go a step farther, using a nationally standardized process to appraise your home, create a computer model of its energy features, give the home a numerical "energy score," and show the utility cost saving you can expect from various improvements you are considering.
If you are planning a new home, the basic HERS Rating creates an energy model from architectural plans. You then know the energy score and projected utility costs of the house as designed - and you can experiment with energy improvements and predict their impact on energy consumption - all before construction begins.
2. Forensic Audits
If your home has significant energy efficiency, comfort, or indoor air quality issues, the Forensic Audit can uncover the root cause of the problem and recommend solutions. The issues most commonly reported are huge utility bills, excessive moisture, and foul-smelling indoor air.
3. Diagnostic Testing
Various aspects of your home's performance can be scientifically measured and quantified, such as ...
Relative humidity of each room in your house
The amount of outside air leaking into your house
Presence of strong electro-magnetic fields
The presence of dangerous gasses produced by incomplete burning of gas appliances
The amount of expensive conditioned air leaking from your air conditioning system
Overall air conditioning/heating performance, based on the temperature change through your system and the quantity of conditioned air delivered to your rooms
The information derived from these tests points to how to fix any problems. Once improvements are made, re-testing verifies the effectiveness of the improvements.
This service provides homeowners education and general recommendations for improving an existing home or improving the design of a new home. Before construction, it may include analyzing plans for expected energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality; help selecting insulation, windows, HVAC systems; and creating specifications for contractors specifying expected quality levels. During construction, a pre-drywall inspection could be done to ensure work has been done properly, before that work gets hidden from view. Toward the end of construction, diagnostic testing can verify that work meets your specifications - before contractors get their final payment and lose interest in you.
Think of it this way. Architects and craftsmen (or women) focus on the strength, durability, and beauty of your home. They know relatively little about indoor air quality, comfort, and energy efficiency - and how their work affects them. But you can have both, usually at a fee less than what the consulting saved you - and far less than the cost of the potential problems you have avoided.
"Jon, it was MY pleasure to have had you in my corner. You were quite meticulous, and certainly went "above and beyond" for me. The end result is amazing! Thanks for your relentless efforts!"
Doug W. - Homeowner
"I would absolutely recommend Jon Maxwell. We worked with Jon on the energy efficiency of our home when Louisiana had the HERO Program. Jon was very courteous on the phone and we made an appointment for him to assess our house. He was extremely thorough and took lots of time to explain to us what was needed to increase our efficiency. He gave great recommendations. After we made the improvements Jon came back and thoroughly assessed our home again. We qualified for the HERO rebate and our energy bills went down dramatically. We are extremely happy to have worked with Jon. "
Missy H. - Homeowner
"A friend recommended Jon to us, and she did us a big favor! Jon steered us through the whole HERO process, helping us achieve a big improvement in our home's energy efficiency. He was our advocate with our HVAC contractor, working closely with him to set a high standard for the system's efficiency. Jon was very thorough and professional. It was obvious that he knew his stuff and had the tools to do the job right. He was definitely interested not just in our HERO rating, but in helping us save money "forever" by cost-effective improvements to our house."
Monty P. - Homeowner
"Jon was very thorough with the process in relation to the HERO Rating. He was very professional in his work, which was done with the highest of quality in a timely manner. He told me how much to expect in rebate and we exceeded those goals. He even helped with references for contractors who do quality work."
Bill H. - Homeowner
The benefits also vary with the specific service you choose, but all our services provide you ...
Increased understanding of how your home works.
Savings on utility bills.
A more comfortable home.
A safer home if you use gas-burning stoves, gas water heaters, or central gas heating systems.
A more durable home and mechanical systems that have a longer life.
For those building a new home or embarking on a major renovation, the opportunity to optimize the home before construction starts.
For those of you in the process of buying a home, an in-depth report on the condition of energy-related systems and the probable utility costs of the home you are considering.