Why Get An Energy Audit?
Owning a home is an expensive investment. Help keep energy costs low. Have a professional analyze your home for energy efficiency, home health and more. An energy audit can find ways to reduce the cost of keeping your home comfortable. Homeowners will also get tips to make wise choices – invest in home energy improvements where it will save the most for the least expense.
What Do Energy Auditors Do?
- Measure dimensions of all parts of your home system (your building is treated as an integrated system)
- Use a thermal imaging camera to measure temperatures of all surfaces – to identify areas of poor insulation or leakage from the outside
- Conduct a blower door test which will enable them to determine the total and specific locations where there is infiltration
- Evaluate your heating and cooling systems for efficiency and effectiveness for your home
- Perform other function and safety tests as needed
- Analyze all the data that is gathered, and create a comprehensive report which includes:
- Total energy needs, portioned out for different segments of your home – windows, doors, ceiling, walls, etc.
- Prioritizing problem areas that experience the greatest energy losses
- Recommendations with estimated costs for repairs/improvements
Tools of the Trade
- Thermal Imaging Camera – measures precise heat at all points – identifying where heat is lost from home
- Blower Door tester – Pinpoints areas of infiltration and heat loss
- Duct Blaster – measures efficacy of the furnace and air handling systems
- Combustion Analyzer – evaluates combustion systems for safety and efficiency
- Gas leak detectors
- Other tools to identify indoor air quality and areas where there is potential for excess humidity or mold development
Benefits for Homeowners
- Maximize savings from investments in energy efficiency – for the least cost with the greatest improvements in energy efficiency and home comfort
- Help homeowners prioritize improvements to avoid costly expenditures
- Provide advice to avoid making a home “too tight” which can lead to unhealthy or unsafe (combustion safety or other) homes
WITC Building Performance Technician
This associate degree program
prepares specialists to evaluate residential and nonresidential facilities using the “building as a system” approach.
Students will become familiar with all aspects of energy efficient construction and will be able to analyze building performance in the areas of health, safety, durability and energy efficiency. The program explores state-of-the-art emerging construction techniques, traditional and historic construction methods as well as heating, ventilation, cooling, plumbing and electrical systems.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter many different areas of the energy efficient construction industry including planning, evaluating or producing energy efficient construction, examining existing buildings to determine the scope and priority of energy efficient modifications, testing to verify that new construction or modifications to existing buildings are properly installed and perform as required or work in the area of energy efficient product sales and marketing.
What jobs are possible with this degree?
- Energy Auditors
- Construction quality control
- Building Performance Consultant
- Retrofit Installer
- Crew Leader
How long does the program take?
The program can be completed in two years. Another option is to extend the courses throughout a three-year period. This results in semesters of 12 credits (still considered full time), while providing students freedom in work and personal time.
For additional information, contact:
Energy Efficiency Technician Instructor
600 N 21st Street,
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: 715.394.6677, ext 6346
|Ted May, Ph.D.
Renewable Energy and Sustainability
Phone: 715.682.4591, ext. 3252