$250 Arlington Energy Audit Rebate Extended!
Are you looking to improve the energy efficiency of your home? An energy efficiency assessment of your home will reveal and pinpoint the source of your problems and provide ways in which you can lower your utility bills and reduce your energy usage. The $250 energy audit rebate being offered to Arlington County residents is being extended on a first come first serve basis! The rebate is offered to homeowners living in Arlington County who have an energy assessment done by a participating contractor with the Home Performance with Energy Star program. For more information, call us at 703.260.1933, or e-mail at info@VirginiaEnergyAudit.net.
We recently bought a 1960’s colonial and spent a very expensive winter heating our space. We knew that there were issues with a lack of insulation and set out remediating some of the glaring problems that we saw. We knew that we needed help identifying problem areas, so we contacted several energy auditors. Luckily for us, we found Home Energy Saving Solutions. Our auditor, who is also the owner, was Mohammed. He arrived promptly, on-time for our 8:00 appointment. First, we sat down and he asked a lot of questions regarding improvements we had done, allergy issues, etc. From there he began the inspection. He was extremely thorough, and encouraged me to accompany him throughout the process, explaining everything and giving tips along the way. There was a blower-door test, along with IR camera inspection and inspection of all of the gas lines, furnace, etc. Mohammed was at my home for a long time, several hours in fact, and he didn’t cut any corners. The next day I received a very detailed report, along with pictures, IR images, and tips on remediation that outlined a plan to greatly improve the energy efficiency of my home, and, more importantly, lower my bills. I was shocked when, two days later, I received a call from Mohammed. He was calling to ask if I had any questions, and encouraged me to call him if I needed any help in the future. How many companies or contractors do you know that give this level of customer service? Even if you are like me and unafraid to tackle just about any DIY project, I highly recommend talking to Mohammed and having an energy audit before you start. His expertise saved me a lot of money in the long-run. As an example, there was one wall that I was convinced I would need to tear down to put in insulation to stop a very bad draft. As it turns out, the IR camera identified the problem as a space between the trim that can be easily (and cheaply) fixed with a bead of silicone. Yes, an audit costs money, but it is not much, and it will pay for itself in energy bill savings and make your home far more comfortable.
What an awesome experience! I’ve lived in my house for nearly 10 years, and have always dealt with the master bedroom being freezing cold or hot. After spending thousands on new windows and HVAC, I was still suffering and scheduled an audit through a recommendation of a friend, who also had an audit with Mohammed, the auditor. I can’t believe I haven’t had this done years earlier! Mohammed was extremely knowledgeable, and found several causes, each of which he explained in detail to me and included in a report along with several pictures, regular and infra-red. Knowing my tight budget with all of the home improvements I’ve done, he showed me how to correct some of the problems myself, such as loose duct connections in the attic, air leakage into the walls, and more. He provided me with a quote to fix everything that needs to be done, and I plan on having some work done through his company some time in the future. I’ve done some of the simpler work myself, and my husband and I are shocked at the difference it makes in the comfort of our home.
This work was done very well and I would use the company again. I have an older house, built in 1972 and we have made a number of improvements since we bought it in 2001. I contracted, via Angie’s List, to have this company do an energy audit of my house last June. We have been in the house 10 years and have done a number of things to increase our energy efficiency: new windows, R-49 insulation in the attic, insulated garage doors, double glazed doors onto the deck and the basement and a few other things that all helped a lot. But when the temperature gets below 20, the main level of the house was cool, especially on the floor and our basement was very cold. Mr. El-ghoul came to the house & carefully inspected from the basement to the attic & pointed out some areas that he thought were leaking air. Then he attached a large fan to the front door frame, with the rest of the house shut tight & turned on the fan. He went around with an infrared camera and took pictures of many locations in the basement and house that showed air coming into the house through the many small cracks & holes. The basement was very leaky all the way around the point where the foundation meets the frame of the house. He submitted a proposal to us to to add weatherizing to the basement foundation walls, to seal all accessible penetration points to the outside, to the attic hatch, to various doors that were leaking & some other sites. The cost was $1600 and the company did the job in August in one day. It was still hot weather, but I could tell the house was staying cooler than before even though my impression was not based on real data. I wanted to wait for cold weather before I wrote a review of the work and now it has arrived in Jan. 2012. This morning it was 18 at my house & the coldest morning yet was 13 degrees. The house is much more comfortable on these cold days and the temperature on each level is far more balanced than it used to be. The basement used to be cold, the main level cool, and the second floor was hot. Now the basement is warmer, the main level is very comfortable and the top floor is fine. With the thermostat set at 72 on a cold evening, the temperature in my bedroom was 71 when I came upstairs last night. Another big difference to the house was the work he did around the laundry room, which is immediately behind the garage. In past years, that room would often be about 60 degrees or lower on a cold morning. When I got up this morning, it was 18 outside, 69 in the kitchen & 67 in the laundry room. I have kept a space heater in the back room since I lived in this house and I have not used it this winter. The company did a very good job finding the penetration points in the house, plugging the holes, and did this for a reasonable price. The comfort level, both summer and winter, has increased noticeably and we are very happy with the work done.
The auditor from this company came out to do an inspection. He is pretty amazing. He has got like a spiroscope kind of an instrument whereby he sucks all the air out of the house and makes it pressure less practically and then you can see how the hot air is coming in, how hot it is , and how much it is , it is really an impressive performance. He really knows what he is doing. He is good. He was very knowledgeable. He looked at the connectors of the air- conditioner units outside and those are completely un-insulated. You just put your hand down there you can feel the cold air escaping. He is very well informed. He understands the technical aspects of all this. He can explain to you the various advantages you can have by doing certain things. So you need to choose you cannot fix everything. He is the third person who has been here to solve my problem of heating the house and basically is the first one who had any clue how to do it. This man was very thorough. I have discovered that ordinary contractors don’t understand the principles of energy efficiency and I go online find out what the auditor is talking about. There are more modern, more efficient, more effective ways of doing things than what they are doing. He also gave me an estimate for the whole house and that is reasonable. I have not finished looking at the contract, and the repairs that he is recommending. I will have him to fix the problems.
The auditor, who was obviously very experienced, first did a walk through both the inside and outside of the house, pointing out many items and asking about the heating, AC, windows, etc. He then installed a BIG fan in my front door and then turned it on to pressurize the whole house. He went from room to room with a special thermal camera which instantly showed where there were energy leakages. I should receive the report in a few days, including estimates on remedial work that the firm itself will do, if I wish There was no hard sell for their insulation and weatherstripping services. In fact, even though they can arrange to install replacement windows, he was quick to tell me that the payback on window replacement is fairly long. I’m a pretty savvy homeowner and think that I have already done a pretty good job making my house energy efficient. I am extremely impressed with the company and will be sure to recommend them to my friends and neighbors.
Air sealing all penetrations of the attic floor and the exterior walls, replacing weather stripping on two doors, insulating and weather stripping the attic hatch, and adding blown-in cellulose insulation to the attic to bring insulation values to R-39. Mo, who is certified to perform such evaluations, first conducted a home energy audit of our home. During the audit, he described what he was doing, why he was doing it, and what he was finding. He readily answered all of my questions. His written report of the audit results was very clear and thoroughly described the energy issues that needed to be addressed and the means to remedy them. Based on the audit report, we agreed upon a program of air sealing and added insulation which Mohammed and his crew performed. They were timely, neat, and professional. They showed me their work as they progressed and answered my questions readily and fully. Unlike his competitors, Mo told me about Virginia’s energy rebate program and how to register for the program. He promptly provided all of the materials I needed to file for and get the full rebate. That provided a significant savings. After the work was completed, some recessed lights in our kitchen ceiling began to blink out from time to time. I asked Mo to check whether his work had loosened any connections. He returned promptly, checked the lights, and found no problem. He suggested that heat build-up in the fixtures was probably the culprit and left the insulation raked away from these fixtures so we could check. Mod offered to pay for any electrical work needed to correct anything his crew did and suggested I talk with the electrician who installed the lights. I did, and the electrician also thought heat to be the problem. I replaced the incandescent spotlights with LEDs and the issue appears to be solved. Mo returned right away to replace the insulation over the lights. At every turn, Mo made our satisfaction with the work his first priority. I am delighted to give him an excellent review and I would recommend him highly.
They provided an excellent deal when we took advantage of their Angie’s discount price. Mo was on time and very professional. He explained what he was going to do and then explained what he was seeing when he examined the house. He did a visual examination as well as a thermal review of the house. The negative air pressure test really highlighted the issues we have with the house. His follow-up report was complete in providing detailed descriptions of the work needed to make the house more energy efficient and the price for him to do the work. I really appreciated the work Mo performed and the value of the results. Thumbs up all the way around for Mo and his business.
I had a great experience and learned a lot while my house was audited. The auditor was very informative and was quite the expert. The audit uncovered several problems in my house, and the auditor was able to tell my why the master bedroom was always cold or hot, and how to remedy it. I strongly recommend an energy audit for everyone, it will pay for itself.
The energy expert was a pleasure to do business with. He was very knowledgeable, thorough professional and I highly recommend his services.
We started out as skeptics and are a very data driven family. But Mo’s team at Home Energy Saving Solutions completed a highly detailed and expert energy audit and, after their bid on insulation work was close to or matched other bids, they completed the installation of insulation needed to improve our home’s energy efficiency. Overall, the Home Energy Saving Solutions team were very professional, communicated their findings at both an expert technical level and in language the layman could understand, and ultimately performed high quality insulation installation to addresses issues we already suspected needed to be fixed. In addition, the team showed us how they measured our homes airflow turnover before and after installation of energy saving materials and could, therefore, demonstrably prove that their work had amazingly increased our energy retention by roughly 40% over the pre-insulation air flow measurements – and this was after we had already insulated our attic! The average range of improvement in air leakage rate when they do an attic air-sealing and rim-joist sealing is normally between 15%-25%, so this should be kept in mind. But for those looking to pay for this energy saving work, these numbers suggest that the effort pays off in less than five years – and you will also likely benefit from tax rebates making it cost effective in even less time. And of course, for those of you who are green, it is simply a good thing to do. For those who are number crunchers, before they did their work our home needed 4430 cubic feet of air per minute (CFM50) blown out to keep the house at a -50Pascal pressure difference, versus 2790 CFM50 with the test-out. Using a home volume of 14,064 cubic feet and an N-factor of 15.2, this equates to our Natural Air Exchange Rate improving from 1.24 to .79, an almost 40% improvement! In other words, the air in our home was completely turning over (leaving the house) about one and a quarter times every hour – resulting in our having to re-heat or re-cool new air every hour (temperature dependent). After their work, our HVAC system was needed to cool/heat 40% less air than had previously been lost/leaked outside. The results were impressive, and we feel the difference. Thanks Mo!
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