LARGER UPGRADES


START WITH AN ENERGY EVALUATION

Completing a home or building energy evaluation, also known asan energy audit orassessment, is a wise first step to assess the ways in which your home or building consumes energy. An energy evaluation will identify what specific measures you can take to make your building more energy efficient. Once the energy evaluation is complete you will have a defined path to making your home more energy efficient and more comfortable.

Below are various larger updates that might need tobe occur for your home to further lower your energy consumption.Most of these larger items come with tax credits and incentives tohelp lower the expense.

Green Home Savers ensures the job is done to code and ensures you are getting the proper licensed professional.


Solar



Solar energy is the power provided by the sun, harnessed through technology called photovoltaic (PV) cells, which turn sunlight directly into electricity.

Homeowners around the country, and cities around the world, are installing solar panel systems on their roofs to take advantage of this clean, renewable way to generate power.



But before you spend money on a solar installation it is a wise idea to make sure you aren’t loosing energy with an energy audit. This step will ensure you don’t need to buy a solar system that is larger then required and maximize your profits if selling back power to the grid is your goal. It’s important to mention that every dollar you spend on solar will come back in multiples, either from the saved energy costs or the resale value of your home when it’s time to sell.

Always pay attention to the total lifetime cost, including energy—not just the price tag. Bigger isn’t always better – Green Home Savers will ensure you are getting the right system for your home at the best possible cost. We make sure the installation is done correctly and that you are receiving maximum tax credits and incentives.


Windows


Windows provide our homes with light, warmth, and ventilation, but they can also negatively impact a home's energy efficiency. We can reduce energy costs by installing energy-efficient windows in your home. If your budget is tight, energy efficiency improvements to existing windows can also help.


IMPROVING THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF EXISTING WINDOWS


Green Home Savers can improve the energy efficiency of existing windows by adding storm windows, caulking and weatherstripping, and using window treatments or coverings. Your energy auditor will go through options with you and explain the pros and cons to each.



HVAC Systems


HVAC is an acronym for Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning. And that is exactly what it stands for: an integrated system carrying out all these functions and more often than not designed to be controllable through a single interface, your Thermostat. Your HVAC accounts for approximately 48% of your total energy consumption and if any component is not working as it should the comfort and efficiency of your home suffers.



Green Home Savers performs an 8 point inspection on your entire system and ensures it is running at its best. We offer solutions to fix the issues and ensure the job is done to code. We help you every step of the way and show you where you can get tax credits and incentives for these upgrades.


Hot Water Heater Replacement


When selecting a new water heater for your home, choose a water heating system that will not only provide enough hot water but also that willdo so energy efficiently, saving you money. This includes considering the different types of water heaters available and determining the right size and fuel source for your home.



GREEN HOME SAVERS SELECTION CRITERIA


When selecting the best type and model ofhot water heater for your home, Green Home Savers considers the following:

-Fuel type, availability and cost. The fuel type or energy source you use for water heating willnotonly affect the water heater's annual operation costs but also its size and energy efficiency.Issolar water heating or tankless the best option?

-Size. To provide your household with enough hot water and to maximize efficiency, you need a properly sized water heater.

Energy efficiency.-To maximize your energy and cost savings, we show you how energy efficient a water heater is before you purchase it.

Cost.-Before you purchase a water heater, it's also a good idea to estimate its annual operating costs and compare those costs with other less or more energy-efficient models.


Insulation


Insulation in your home provides resistance to heat flow. The more heat flow resistance your insulation provides, the lower your heating and cooling costs. Properly insulating your home not only reduces heating and cooling costs, but also improves comfort.



Types of insulation:

Green Home Savers helps you choose the best insulation for your home from the many types of insulation on the market, you’ll need to know where you want or need to install the insulation (our thermal scans will show you this), and what R-value you want the installation to achieve. Other considerations may include indoor air quality impacts, life cycle costs, recycled content, embodied energy, and ease of installation. Some insulation strategies require professional installation and Green Home Savers will ensure the job is done correctly.