Home Perfect Co.
What is a Focus on Energy (FOE) Home Energy Assessment?
A FOE Home Energy Assessment is a comprehensive, whole-house analysis of your home focused on locating energy inefficiencies. Then those inefficiencies are computer analyzed and recommendations made for improvements via a report of findings and recommendations.
First, the initial assessment or pre-assessment is completed at your home and can take between 2-3 hours. During this assessment we will gather the information needed to create a computer model of your home.
Next, back at our office, we’ll spend 1-2 hours studying and analyzing the data collected, modeling in our computer software will identify the most effective improvement measure, taking into consideration the information you provided us in the survey and in conversation. Then put those recommendations into a report for you, identifying the priorities based on a savings to investment ratio.
We’ll also provide a report to the FOE Trade Ally contractor of your choice with contractor’s notes and air-sealing data that help guide them right to the energy inefficiencies uncovered.
Once retrofit work is completed, we will schedule and perform a post-work inspection at your home. During this hour-long visit, we will visually inspect the completed work and re-run some of the testing to ensure all the measures were completed within the standards set by Focus on Energy and confirm the the improvements produced the savings that were predicted.
Finally, we’ll spend another hour or so at the office confirming the modeling, obtaining a final energy score from the Department of Energy, submit an inspection report to the Insulation Contractor and submitting all the required paperwork to Focus on Energy which secures the cash incentives you receive from them. We will send both you and the insulation contractor a post-work inspection report.
How long does an assessment take?
The initial assessment takes 2-3 hours on average and the post work inspection, 1 - 1 1/2 hours at your home on average. When you receive your appointment confirmation, the time frame will be longer to accommodate unforeseen inspection issues and travel time between appointments.
How much does an assessment cost?
The base cost for the Focus on Energy Assessment is $412, we invoice and collect $309 at the Initial assessment and then $103 at the post-work inspection. There is a small discount ($12) for “cash” payment (which is cash or check).
There may be some additional costs for “add on services”, and they will be included on the appropriate invoice. See “What are Add on Services?” for more details.
What is the difference between a Tier 1 and Tier 2 assessment?
A Tier 1 assessment is the standard Focus on Energy Assessment.
A Tier 2 assessment is and income-based program that is applied for directly through Focus on Energy. To review the income qualifications and access an application, CLICK HERE. You must be approved and have a confirmation letter or email before you schedule a Tier 2 assessment.
The costs and incentives will then be detailed in a letter you received from Focus on Energy. The assessment fees is subsidized by FOE. I will need to collect a copy of that letter at the initial assessment in order to provide you the discounted fees.
Are there trip charges for my assessment?
No - Our standard fee includes homes within a 25 mile radius of our office. There are extended travel fees if your home is greater than 25 miles, see “What are Add on Services?”
What is a Home Energy Score?
Imagine you are in the market to buy a car and comparing your options. You are weighing a number of factors in your purchasing decision, including performance, cost, size, and appearance. When you ask the salesperson what the miles-per-gallon rating is for each car , they shrug and say, “I don’t know.” Even if fuel efficiency is not the only factor you are considering, this would probably concern you as a prospective buyer.
Yet this is how most people make decisions when buying or renting a home: without any information about how much energy the home is expected to use, how much this will cost them, or how to cost-effectively lower energy expenses.
Developed by Department of Energy (DOE) and its national laboratories, the Home Energy Score provides home owners, buyers, and renters directly comparable and credible information about a home's energy use. Like a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, the Home Energy Score is based on a standard assessment of energy-related assets to easily compare energy use across the housing market.
For more information, CLICK HERE
Can I get a Home Energy Score without a full energy assessment?
Yes, you can get a Home Energy Score without the full FOE Energy Assessment at a cost of $100. However, the only way to be eligible for the FOE cash incentives is with a Energy Assessment. If you schedule a Home Energy Score and later decide to do a full Energy Assessment, only 1/2 of the HES fee is credited to the Assessment.
Why should I use an independent assessor?
As an independent assessor, my focus is to provide you with as much information and knowledge as I can to help you make the most energy efficiency improvements to your home. I am not a salesmen or do I have a financial interest with any insulation contractors. I can provide un-biased recommendations and post work inspections.
What are my assessor’s credentials?
I was trained through a curriculum and program of building science classroom training and practical field evaluations at the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation. My credentials are maintained through a national organization, Building Performance Institute (BPI). The Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program mirrors the BPI Energy Assessment standards and requires it’s assessors maintain the BPI Certification. BPI requires continuous training credits and re-qualifies it’s assessors every other year.
What are “Add on Services"?
There may be some small additional fees for:
Larger Homes, (in excess of 4000 SF home footprint), multiple combustion heating systems or water heaters, each system must be tested and the standard fee includes 1 heating unit and 1 water heating system.
Longer travel times (in excess of 25 miles from our office address in zip code 53024). If these fees apply they should selected when making your appointment to ensure there is enough time reserved for your assessment appointment. We use google maps to determine the distance from our office to your home.
How can I pay for my assessment?
We accept cash, check or all major CC's. There is a small discount cash or check transactions (3%). Payment is due at the end of the assessment appointment, If for any reason we are unable to collect payment at the end of the assessment, data is not processed or reports released until payment has been received.