Pro Energy Consultants Awards New Franchise to Chicago Market
Pro Energy Consultant Franchise Owner Jerry Needham recently opened his energy auditing business in the Chicago area. He says 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 money, save energy and save the environment by going green and reducing their energy costs.
CHICAGO – July 5, 2010 – Local homeowners looking to cure such home performance issues like comfort, excessive energy usage and poor indoor air quality, should have a home energy audit, says professional home energy auditor Jerry Needham. Needham was recently awarded a Pro Energy Consultants home energy auditing franchise and will cover the Fox Valley area, including Pingree Grove, Elgin, South Elgin, St Charles, Campton Hills, Wasco, Geneva, Batavia, North Aurora, Aurora and the Sugar Grove.
“I’m a huge supporter of the ‘green’ movement, and I jumped at the opportunity to own a Pro Energy franchise because the business is based on saving money by saving energy,” said Needham. “An energy audit can reveal where you are losing up to 20 percent of your energy.”
Pro Energy Consultants is the nation’s first home energy auditing franchise. As an unbiased, third party, it’s focused on diagnosing building performance issues for homes and light commercial buildings. The company, backed by more than 11,000 energy audits and 15 years’ experience, also offers a guarantee. If, at the end of the test, customers don’t feel they’ve received valuable information about their home or business office, then the energy audit is free. To successfully diagnose home performance issues, the company’s energy auditors first undergo extensive training from its building performance and business experts, followed by eight weeks of continuing education training.
Needham’s customers have found the energy audit beneficial.
“The infrared really illustrates the problem areas. [And] the report was very helpful and told us exactly how to fix our energy problems and reduce our utility bills,” said Jon Gripe of South Elgin.
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 Needham 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 two to three hours.
“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 Needham. “It can also save homeowners from making unnecessary costly repairs, such as replacing a furnace 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 Jerry 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, call (630) 770-4994 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 11,000 energy audits. The company’s mission is to provide customized, comprehensive and diagnostic energy audits designed to maximize the comfort and energy efficiency of homes and “light” commercial buildings 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 energy auditing. Being the ideal “green franchise” opportunity, it has quickly grown to more than 60 franchises nationwide. The company is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information, call 888.9PROENERGY (1-888-977-6363) or visit www.proenergyconsultants.com.