Matt Fiscus with Ideal Energy Savers checks out a home's insulation.
"Home inspections typically don't look at energy efficiency," points out Matt Fiscus, co-owner of Ideal Energy Savers.
Nicholasville-based company is one of a handful that provides energy audits for homes and businesses in the Bluegrass region, and they have performed more than 500 audits since 2008.
During these audits, an energy expert starts by sitting down with the homeowner to ask a few questions.
then travels through the home, closely assessing its construction, appliances, heating and cooling systems, doors, windows and insulation, looking for any potential insufficiencies that are likely costing the homeowner more than they realize.
"Many utility companies will give you a free audit, because they really do want to help you reduce your consumption," Fiscus
"Capacity is a big issue for a lot of (the utilities companies)," Fiscus
According to Fiscus
, the following three elements are at the forefront of most energy assessments:
and Long both said they commonly encounter homes that are working overtime to heat the attic, basement and garage, primarily due to not enough insulation, or insulation that was improperly installed.
Older homes (i.e., 40 years or older) tend to have a higher quality of construction, Fiscus
said, but the building science to implement energy-saving techniques such as proper insulation wasn't really prevalent until 15 years ago.