New Northern Virginia-based Energy Auditing Company Plans to Solve Homeowners Energy Issues
Pro Energy Consultant Franchise Owner Gary Graff recently opened his home energy auditing business in the Northern Virginia area. He says an 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.
VIENNA, Va. – Aug. 13, 2010 –Northern Virginia-area residents battling such home performance issues like comfort, excessive energy usage and poor indoor air quality need to consider having an energy audit, according to professional energy auditor Gary Graff. Graff was recently awarded a Pro Energy Consultants home energy auditing franchise locally.
“This business enables me to make a positive impact on my community and help customers live and work more comfortably in their homes and businesses — while saving on utilities,” said Graff.
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. Additionally, Graff has achieved Building Performance Institute’s BPI Building Analyst Certification and so is trained, tested and certified to BPI’s nationally recognized standards using the house-as-a-system approach.
Graff’s customers have found the energy audit beneficial.
“It was a useful, worthwhile audit and one, which I believe, will save me energy dollars in the future,” said Vienna resident Jim Ritchey. “Left me knowing what my energy efficiency situation really was and corrective measures I could take to remedy weaknesses.”
Added Katrina Sarlin also of Vienna, “We were amazed at how much we learned about our home.”
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 Graff 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 usually 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 Graff. “It can also save homeowners from making unnecessary costly repairs, such as replacing a furnace or installing new windows, if they aren’t actually needed.”
After the energy audit, a detailed report with prioritized recommendations for maximizing the energy efficiency and comfort of the home is developed, and delivered, to the homeowner within days of the energy audit.
“It’s great to have Gary 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.”
For more information, call (703) 283-2117 or (703) 255-2224 or visit: http://www.proenergyconsultants.com/ggraff
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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.