A.B. May Home Energy Audits
A home energy audit, will assess how much energy your home consumes
What is an Energy Audit?
- An energy audit is an unbiased Comprehensive Analysis of your home's performance. By gathering and reviewing data from your home we identify the areas that are costing you the most in money, performance and comfort.
- An energy audit Views your Home as a System and not as individual components. Many believe that a new heating/cooling system, more insulation, or new windows will dramatically improve energy efficiency or economically reduce energy costs. This may or may not be true. Understanding how the whole home (system) interacts and basing decisions on this information will determine the best choices for making your home the best it can be.
Why should I have an Energy Audit Performed?
- Save Money – Energy costs continue to rise and we can help you reduce your energy waste. After we analyze your home, we will offer you a list of home performance upgrades based on savings potential and cost.
- Increase Your Home’s Comfort Level – Are there rooms or areas of your home that are always uncomfortable? We can pinpoint the problems and offer solutions that will make your home more cozy and pleasant.
- Increase Your Home's Value – When you make energy saving or comfort improvements in your home you are distinguishing your home from all others in your neighborhood. Let us help you make the improvements that will have the greatest impact on your home’s value.
- Get the Most Performance Out of Your Home Upgrades – Spending thousands of dollars for improvements can be a dangerous gamble if the decision is based on advertising claims and vague promises. You might be angry and disappointed if the money you spent resulted in little or no benefit to your home’s energy efficiency or comfort level. Before you begin any major home project or system upgrade, have A.B. May perform an analysis on your home to help you decide the best way to get the most out of your money.
- Protect the Environment – The less energy we use, the more we conserve our dwindling natural resources like oil, coal and natural gas and the more we reduce power plant and greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency is good for the homeowner and good for the planet.
- Select a Consultant or Contractor certified by Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and Efficiency Kansas. This will qualify your energy audit for utility company or state rebates and will qualify your home improvements for subsidies or low cost loans.
- Select a certified Missouri Home Energy Auditor so you may qualify for State of Missouri tax deductions.
- Select an Energy Auditor certified by BPI (Building Performance Institute) and HERS (Home Energy Rating System) for the most complete and professional assessment of your home’s performance and needs.
- Select an Energy Auditor who uses a Calibrated Blower Door for measuring air infiltration and a Thermal Imaging Camera to locate trouble spots not visible with the naked eye. This will insure accurate information is available about your home.
- Select an Energy Auditor who performs a Utility Bill Analysis and Heat Gain/Heat Loss Calculations to accurately determine heating and cooling equipment size needed and projected energy savings for various improvement options.
- Our Energy Auditors meet all the certification requirements and perform all the recommended tests.
- Prepare a List of any Existing Problems such as hot or cold spots, drafty areas, condensation or dryness or other issues to help the auditor focus on your most important areas of concern.
- Have copies of 1 – 2 years of Utility Bills to help the auditor determine the real value of improvement options.
- Provide Clear Access to Attic stairs or hatches and to Heating, Cooling and Water Heating equipment so the auditor may compile all information accurately and completely.
- Provide any Building Plans that may be available to help the auditor verify his visual and hand measurements.
- Allow Several Hours for the gathering of all necessary data about the home.
What happens during an Energy Audit?
- The auditor will ask about Your Concerns about Your Home or the Energy Audit Process.
- The auditor will walk around the home inside and out and Measure the Walls, Ceilings and Windows and gather detailed information about building characteristics such as Construction Type and Insulation Levels.
- The auditor will perform a Combustion Analysis and Carbon Monoxide Test on furnace and water heater to check for Efficiency, Safety and Proper Venting. The auditor will also check for Natural Gas Leaks.
- The auditor will review your utility bills to Calculate Heating, Cooling, Water Heating, and General Use Energy Costs.
- The auditor will note the age, condition, models and type of Existing Heating, Cooling and Water Heating Equipment.
- Depending on findings the ductwork may or may not be tested for leakage.
- The auditor, using a thermal imaging camera, will take pictures of Trouble Spots in Insulation or Construction.
- The auditor will prepare a detailed, yet understandable, Report Outlining Findings, Comparing your Home Conditions to other homes and recommended standards, Presenting Savings and costs associated with a variety of improvements.
- The report will be Presented and Reviewed with you In Person so that you may completely and thoroughly discuss the findings and recommendations.
How can I use an Energy Audit?
The Energy Audit Report provides detailed data on Various Improvement Options including:
- Adding Insulation and Air Sealing
- Replacing Windows
- Cleaning, Sealing or Modifying Ductwork
- Replacing Heating, Cooling and Water Heating Equipment
- Improving Air Quality and Moisture Control
- Other Safety, Convenience and Comfort Improvements
- The Energy Audit Report provides Accurate Costs and Savings Potential for improvements so that you can Select Options that best suit your Goals and Budget. Guesswork and exaggerated claims are not a part of the Energy Audit. The information is yours to help you make the most of your improvement dollars.
- The Energy Audit and Improvements may qualify for Utility Company Rebates or State Rebates as well as for Low Cost Loans, State Tax Deductions and Federal Tax Credits.
How much does an Energy Audit cost?
- An Energy Audit performed by a Certified Energy Auditor including all the Tasks, Tests, Reports, and In Person Presentation as outlined in “What Happens During an Energy Audit?” is available for $600.
Incentives for Having an Energy Audit performed include:
- Up to $600 utility rebate for Missouri customers of Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) with qualifying improvements
- Up to $600 utility rebate for Missouri customers of Kansas City Power and Light (KCPL) with qualifying improvements
- Up to $350 energy audit rebate and 4% or lower interest rate home improvement loan for Kansas residents through Efficiency Kansas Loan Program.
- Up to $1000 per year or $2000 total Missouri Tax Deduction for energy audit and qualifying improvements.
- Up to $1500 Federal Tax Credit for qualifying improvements.
- 30% Federal Tax Credit for qualifying renewable resource improvements.
How can I schedule an Energy Audit?
- CLICK HERE to request an appointment for an Energy Audit.
- Call A.B. May to schedule an appointment for an Energy Audit. 913-383-2222.
Energy Audits may be performed Monday through Friday at 9:00 am or at 1:00 pm. Saturday appointments may also be available.