Maximizing Minneapolis-St. Paul-area Residents’ Home Energy Efficiency is Goal of New Business
Pro Energy Consultant Franchise Owners Dan Martens and Aaron Sundeen recently opened their energy auditing business in the Twin Cities. They say an energy audit should always be the first step in making a home or light commercial office building more energy efficient. Company's mission is to help home and business owners save money, energy and the environment by going green and reducing energy usage.
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL – July 29, 2010 –Local residents will soon be hearing a lot more about how home energy audits can solve home comfort, excessive energy usage and poor indoor air quality issues, thanks to professional energy auditors Dan Martens and Aaron Sundeen. They were recently awarded a Pro Energy Consultants energy auditing franchise locally.
“This is a timely, quality service for homeowners looking to create a more comfortable living environment and save on their energy consumption,” said Martens. “Homeowners will begin saving almost immediately after the energy audit if they take our suggested course of action. Our energy audits generally pay themselves within a short period of time.”
Pro Energy Consultants is the nation’s first energy auditing franchise. As an unbiased, third party, it’s focused on diagnosing building performance issues — namely comfort, excessive energy usage and poor indoor air quality 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.
Martens’ and Sundeen’s customers have found the energy audit beneficial.
“I was interested in finding ways to lower my monthly energy bills,” said Shawn Zimmerman of Maplewood. “Their use of current technology to assess where my house was leaking heat energy was interesting and well explained, as was their suggestions on how to solve my unique energy problems. The energy audit was very thorough.“
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 pulls air into the home and allows the energy auditors 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 Sundeen. “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 Dan and Aaron 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 (651)233-2085 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 started in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information, call 888.9PROENERGY (1-888-977-6363) or visit www.proenergyconsultants.com.