Maximizing Phoenix-area Residents’ Home Energy Efficiency is Goal of New Energy Auditing Business
Pro Energy Consultant Franchise Owners Vince Hunter and Alan Hart recently opened a home energy auditing business in the Phoenix-area. They say a home energy audit should always be the first step in making a home more energy efficient. Company's mission is to help homeowners save energy, save money and save the environment by going green and reducing their energy costs.
PHOENIX – Jan. 12, 2010 –Home performance issues — namely comfort, excessive energy usage and poor indoor air quality — are best solved by a home energy audit, says professional home energy auditors Vince Hunter and Alan Hart. Hunter and Hart, recently awarded a Pro Energy Consultants home energy auditing franchise, will serve homeowners in Phoenix area.
“It’s exciting after the energy audit process to see the customer’s reaction when you educate them on just how easy and inexpensive it is to improve their home energy efficiency,” said Hunter, who has substantial experience as a home builder.
Pro Energy Consultants, the nation’s first home energy auditing franchise, is an independent third party that specializes in diagnosing home performance issues. The company, backed by more than 10,000 energy audits, also offers homeowners a guarantee. If homeowners don’t feel the energy audit will solve their home performance issues, then no payment is required. To successfully diagnose home performance issues, all of the company’s energy auditors must first undergo extensive training at Pro Energy’s Cleveland headquarters before opening for business. Hunter and Hart also had to complete eight weeks of additional distance education.
The energy audit starts with the homeowner explaining the specific home performance issues he or she has been experiencing. Next, an electronic blower door is installed in an exterior door. Once activated, the blower door allows the energy auditor to in essence take an “X-ray” of the home by using infrared thermal imaging to identify all the hidden building leakage areas. The entire process takes approximately one to three hours.
Local homeowners have found the energy audit beneficial.
“The infrared camera test showed accurate locations where my problem areas needed to be addressed. I had a hot bedroom and draft areas in my living room,” said Pat Connors of Peoria, Ariz.
According to Hart, it’s not uncommon for an energy audit to save a homeowner from making an unnecessary costly investment. Harold Fulmer of Peoria, Ariz., was having difficulty cooling his master bedroom. He was planning to buy a larger air conditioning unit until the energy audit revealed such problems as air leaks in the home’s “envelope,” missing insulation and poor ventilation.
“All along I thought I had a problem with my air conditioning system,” said Fulmer.
“It really takes a comprehensive, diagnostic energy audit by a professional using sophisticated equipment to remove all the guesswork and pinpoint what’s causing excessive energy usage and major comfort complaints,” said Hart. “It can also save homeowners from making unnecessary costly repairs, such as replacing an air conditioner or installing new windows.”
A detailed report with prioritized recommendations for maximizing the energy efficiency and comfort of the home is delivered to the homeowner within days of the energy audit.
“It’s great to have Vince and Alan as part of our team,” said Pro Energy Consultants Managing Partner Derek Sola. “Homeowners are looking for affordable solutions for solving their comfort issues and reducing energy usage.”
According to Sola, his company has experienced considerable growth since being founded in 2008. He attributes this to the nation’s increased focus on fiscal responsibility and energy conservation. For example, several states are beginning to subsidize and reward homeowners who make their homes more energy efficient. One state, Nevada, has passed legislation making energy audits mandatory in the near future. Many more states are considering similar legislation. In addition, many states will receive millions of dollars this year in stimulus grants for energy-efficient projects, including weatherization of homes.
For more information, residents in the Phoenix area can call (602) 368-8811 or 888-9PROENERGY (1-888-977-6363), or visit: http://www.proenergyconsultants.com
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About Pro Energy Consultants
Pro Energy Consultants’ proven system for conducting energy audits is backed by more than 15 years experience and more than 10,000 energy audits. The company’s mission is to provide customized, comprehensive and diagnostic energy audits designed to maximize a home’s comfort and energy efficiency while reducing energy costs. This mission not only sets the worldwide standard for energy audits but also established Pro Energy as the world’s leading expert on the subject. In October 2008 Pro Energy began awarding franchises — making it the first national franchise in residential energy auditing. Being the ideal “green franchise” opportunity, it has quickly grown to nearly 50 franchises nationwide. The company is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information, call 888.9PROENERGY (1-888-977-6363) or visit www.proenergyconsultants.com.