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September 6, 2018
Energy efficiency is something that many homeowners here in the Pacific Northwest crave, but achieving true home efficiency isn’t easy when the climate here is becoming increasingly unpredictable. Summers are hotter than ever, forcing many homeowners to crank up their air conditioning systems, and winter temperatures are reaching historic lows.
Luckily, there’s a way to keep your home running efficiently all year long. It involves something we at Revival Energy Group like to call “the whole home approach.”
What Is the Whole Home Approach & Why Does It Matter?
Your home is made up of multiple components that work together to influence overall energy efficiency. This includes the heating and cooling systems, ductwork, insulation, plumbing, and more. If any one of these components isn’t as efficient as it could be, it’s going to undermine the efficiency of your entire home.
For this reason, it’s crucial to consider the bigger picture when making energy efficiency upgrades to your home. By taking a whole home approach to efficiency, we’re able to help homeowners in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA make effective improvements which deliver real, tangible results — like lower utility bills, greater indoor comfort, and a reduced carbon footprint.
An Efficient Home Starts with an Energy Audit
Improving home efficiency starts with an energy audit, which is an in-depth assessment of your home’s overall energy efficiency. During the audit, a home performance specialist will conduct a series of diagnostic tests to determine where your home is wasting energy. This includes a blower door test for air leakage and thermal imaging to pinpoint air leaks and insulation gaps.
After the audit, you’ll receive a detailed report about your home and a list of recommended upgrades for lower energy usage. If your home performance specialist finds air leaks and missing insulation in the attic, for example, they’ll recommend air sealing and added insulation. If they find that your ductwork is leaky, they’ll recommend duct sealing to help you get more from your HVAC system.
Find Out How to Maximize Your Energy Savings
There are all kinds of ways to improve the efficiency of your home, including:
Air sealing and insulation
Energy efficient heating & cooling equipment
High efficiency water heating equipment
Switching from oil to natural gas
But which of these solutions does your home really need? Revival Energy Group is here to help you get answers. Schedule an energy audit with us today to get started on the path to greater energy efficiency!