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 inspection, we will gather the information needed to evaluate your home's current energy efficiency condition and make recommendations for improvements..
Next, back at my office, I study and analyze the data collected, modeling in our computer software (if an Assessment) 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 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, you will schedule a post-work inspection at your home. During this visit, I will visually inspect the completed work and re-run some of the testings to ensure all the measures were completed within the standards set by Focus on Energy and confirm the improvements produced the savings that were predicted. Also, re-check the performance of combustion appliances to ensure your safety.
Finally, we’ll spend another hour or so at the office confirming the modeling, obtaining a final energy score from the Department of Energy (if applicable), submit an inspection report to the Insulation Contractor letting them know how they did. I also complete and submit the application and all the required paperwork to Focus on Energy to secures the cash incentives you receive. We will send both you and the insulation contractor a post-work inspection report.
What is different about an "Inspection" vs an "Assessment"?
Both an Inspection and an Assessment begin with a detailed look at your home, insulation measurements, airtightness evaluation, thermal image evaluation, and combustion safety tests. All the requirements to participate in the Focus on Energy program and receive incentives. I also ask about specific concerns so I can explain why things that concern you are happening. The Assessment is a bit more extensive, in that it will include more details about your home and take a look at your home's recent past energy consumption through computer modeling analysis.
An Inspection report is a thurough presentation about the findings and recomendations for your home as a result of the site inspection and testing. Data from the inspection is evaluated and organized into a report document that will provide you and the insulation contractor you choose and scope of recommended improvments and the Focus on Energy incentives that apply. It does not include computer modeling analysis or a Home Energy Score from the Department of Energy.
As I mentioned, an Assessment report is a bit more comprehensive. It does include computer modeling which gives us a detail savings analysis for each recommended measure and well as a savings to investment ratio (SIR). In other words, the cost of the measure divided into the projected energy savings from it. The computer modeling also provides analysis about your carbon footprint, metrics about your home, and many other details. The Assessments also includes an initial and post-work Home Energy Score (HES). Once your computer modeling is completed, the file is sent to the Department of Energy, in their system, your home is evaluated with homes of the same type and vintage across the country and a score between 1-10 is assessed. This process adds an additional page into the report and it is thern returned to me. I review and send it out to you. After the post-work inspection, the process is repeted and this time the final HES is provided on a Certificate of Completion that contains a summary of the measures completed and is signed and dated but the Focus on Energy commissioner. There is a place for this certificate on the MLS, so it can be a valuable tool if there is a real estate transaction in the future.
How long does an assessment take?
The initial Inspection takes 2-3 hours on average, an Inspection closer to the 2 hour time and an Assessment closer to the 3 hour time. The post-work inspection will take from 45 minutes to1 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 $425, and Inspection $300. There may be some additional costs for extended travel to service areas outside my 20-mile radius or homes larger than 4000 SF. Those costs are automatically calculated when you enter your address and square footage of your home.. 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 an 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 incentives will then be detailed in a letter you received from Focus on Energy.
Are there trip charges for my assessment?
No - Our standard fee includes homes within a 20 mile radius of our office. There are extended travel fees if your home is greater than 20 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 homeowners, 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 an 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 salesman or do I have a financial interest with any insulation contractors. I can provide unbiased 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 to 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 20 miles from our office address in zip code 53092).Sevice Areas 2, 3 and 4 provide the oppertunity to schedule inspection up to a 100-mile radius from my office ant an additional, but very reasonable added charge. If these fees apply they are calculated automatically when your appointment is made. The distance is calculated from your address and the home size fro the square footage of your home entered.
How can I pay for my assessment?
We accept cash, check or all major CC's. There is a convenience fee of 3% charged for credit card transactions. Credit card payments can be made when setting the appointment or prior to your appointment and the credit card convenience fees is discounted by 50 to 1.5%. Payment is due at the end of the inspection 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.