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Home Energy Solutions (HES): Visit Summary
Energy Efficiencies Solutions will perform the following measures in each residence under the CT HES program:
1. Site evaluation, explanation of the program and home walk through
- We will explain the HES program and the benefits of reducing your energy consumption, as well as how we reduce your energy consumption through air-sealing, duct sealing, and other measures.
- We walk through your home to check for any hazardous materials such as lead, mold, asbestos, or gas leaks.
If hazardous materials are found we will notify the homeowner and provide information on what the homeowner can do to resolve the situation. If needed we will contact supports for the homeowner.
2. Water usage reduction measures
- We will install low-flow faucets and shower heads that reduce water use in the home. We install hot water pipe insulation.
3. Combustion safety, carbon monoxide, and efficiency testing
- We will inspect all of your combustion appliances. We measure the efficiency, draft pressure and CO (carbon monoxide) levels of any combustion appliances such as a furnace, boiler or hot water heater. We confirm that the combustion CO by-product levels are within the safe operating ranges. We monitor ambient CO levels while in your home. We will notify the homeowner of our findings and recommendations.
4. Blower door test
- This test is completed after the walk-through and combustion safety testing. We will hook a fan unit up to an exterior door and close all the other exterior doors and windows in the home. We run the blower door to force air out of the home so that air is pulled in through air leakage points, allowing us to find them and seal them. We record the amount of air infiltration, as measured on the blower door, before and after we perform air sealing. This allows us to quantify how much we reduce the home’s air infiltration level, and how much you subsequently save on heating and cooling bills.
5. Air sealing
- This is prioritized air sealing, targeting areas that were identified during the blower door test. Air sealing is done until the house is as close to the home’s minimum ventilation requirement as possible, or until no other opportunities are found. Ventilation requirements are calculated using figures for the home’s volume and occupancy level and program safety guidelines.
Air sealing measures include:
- Installation of weather-stripping, door sweeps and foam lined door kits.
- Caulking leakage points within the living space such as around the windows and fireplace
- Using expanding foam to seal plumbing and electrical penetrations in the basement and attic as well as other problem areas
6. Minimum flow test
- This will test the duct system for your central air conditioner, making sure that your air handler is sized properly to your condenser. Air handlers are required to move 300 cubic feet of air per minute through the system, for every cooling ton that the condenser produces. This test allows to move onto air sealing measures in the duct system, ensuring that freezing condensation or other problems do not occur.
7. Duct blaster and sealing
- We pressurize your duct system with a fan allowing us to measure air leakage in the ducts. Following the “duct blaster” test, we seal leaks in the system using foil tape or mastic. We record the amount of air leakage before and after duct sealing, allowing us to quantify the reduction in air leakage and savings.
8. Recommendations to Customers Kitchen Table Wrap Up
- We will make recommendations on how the homeowner can improve and lower their energy usage/ energy bills through energy saving upgrades and behavioral changes.
- We will complete the HES report card, explain all work that was done at the time of visit, and explain the additional energy saving measures and rebates available to customers, including: efficient windows, insulation, solar energy, geothermal, HVAC systems, and Energy Star appliances. We explain the rebates that are available to customer for efficiency upgrades, as well as provide rebate forms and contacts for qualified contractors.
We are here to help. EES will ensure that the customer has all the information he or she needs to maximize the energy efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of the home, while saving money and energy. If you have a question please call us at 860-580-9076.
Does it seem too good to be true? This program is made possible because as a utility customer you already contribute to the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund. A monthly fee on your electric bill and/or natural gas bill goes into the fund, making it possible to pay for programs like these.