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Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Dunseith Apr 7. 18 Replies

Most, if not all, energy auditors that I come across in the real estate world have an energy auditing company that that is also a home performance contractor that complete many if not all of the…Continue

Blower Door Testing With James Brown...

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Energy Auditing Software

Started this discussion. Last reply by tedkidd Dec 1, 2016. 3 Replies

Two quick questions regarding REM/Rate software...I have recently downloaded and find it very easy to use for energy auditing.  However:1) Are there libraries that one can download to use within the…Continue

DOE Home Energy Score

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeffrey Gephart Feb 3. 16 Replies

Is anybody out there using the DOE Home Energy Score?  If so, are you using it as a supplement to current WAP/home performance work or are you using it for some other reason?Continue

 

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Michael Dunseith replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model
"Is third party energy auditing a viable stand-alone business model in this day and age? Is any business model that is stand alone, viable? NO , not a good business model to put all your eggs in just one basket. Much less a business that is…"
Apr 7
Ed Minch replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model
"I think that it depends entirely on where you do business, the size you want to be, and the range of services you are willing to offer.  We are fortunate enough to be located where we can easily reach into 4 states.  We work in both new…"
Apr 7
tedkidd replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model
"Hi Rob. Here are our case studies, should help you understand our process. http://bit.ly/ESHPCaseStudiesdev If you have more in depth questions you are welcome to reach out to me directly."
Apr 6
tedkidd replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model
"We should probably better understand the original question. If "Energy Audit" is specifically for saving energy only, I'm with Jose - these are services that people aren't interested in. Our work is comprehensive home…"
Mar 31
Jose Macho replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model...
"Energy auditing as a stand alone business is not a sustainable business model. The biggest factor is consumer behavior, and much like the auto industry follows the cost of energy. With cheap gas prices today, we understand the big SUV's sell…"
Mar 30
tedkidd replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model...
"Oh, we are also finding EVERY effort towards radical transparency accelerates achievement of trust and confidence. We built case studies for our jobs and subsequently​ realized that to be fully within integrity, every job must be a case…"
Mar 30
tedkidd replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model...
"We have a stand alone model that is working, but your definitions need clarification. Do you mean a company that does audits then walks away? If so, read Brad's comment. I'd take his comment further. Not only is knowledge needed,…"
Mar 30
Jeffrey Gephart replied to Rob Madden's discussion DOE Home Energy Score
"Ted, In Vermont we are piloting the use of the Home Energy Score with a twist in effort to increase its usefulness to the real estate professionals. We use the DOE's tool to also populate a wedge shaped chart that displays the expected total…"
Feb 3
Brad Cook replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model...
"If an auditor has not actually done a lot of field work, air sealing and insulating, they are not able to provide truly useful work proposals or recommendations. An insulation contractor then only has a written report to go by. They still have to go…"
Feb 3
Rob Madden replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model...
"My experience with some of the local companies is that they only push what they know.  HVAC pushes duct sealing and system replacements while the insulation company focuses on adding R value in the attic (I know that is a broad generalization…"
Feb 2
Rob Madden replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model...
"So is your business more with other contractors verifying their work?"
Feb 2
Rob Madden replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model...
"Wow that is a great spreadsheet.  Are you completing the weatherization work yourself or do you sub it out?"
Feb 2
Jan Green replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model...
"Good question Rob. I've seen some that offer multi-faceted approaches with more than one product line, ie solar, energy audits, HVAC.   But I also have clients who are energy auditors that are very successful.  Being able to offer…"
Feb 2
Shawn Mallan replied to Rob Madden's discussion DOE Home Energy Score
"Plenty of people pay for advice that can't correlate directly to a dollar amount. I don't think that's the point.  No one doubts that adding insulation to your home will save you money, but I have yet to see any good data on…"
Feb 2
Shawn Mallan replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model...
"I operate a home energy consulting business and most of the non-mandated audits I do come to me precisely because I'm not affiliated with any contractor or product. These homeowners appreciate the independent, non-biased approach I take.…"
Feb 2
Bruce Chyka replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model...
"My business is a 3rd party Energy Audit Business only. It has been this way for 16 years. Most of those years it was part time. Since 2006 however it is more than full time. You cannot think individual home owners will sustain your business. You…"
Feb 2

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Phoenix solar home sales by Zip Code for Jan-Sept 2014

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 12:30pm 1 Comment

From January 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014, several areas saw significant solar home sales when compared to the other areas of the Phoenix area.  The top five zip codes were:

  1. Goodyear (85338) with 40 solar home sales
  2. Peoria (85383) with 39 solar home sales
  3. Sun City West (85375) with 32 solar home sales
  4. Laveen (85339) with 22 solar home sales
  5. Buckeye (85396) with 22 solar home sales

During this time, there were a total of 809…

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Phoenix Solar Home Sales Are Flat in October 2014

Posted on November 3, 2014 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Phoenix solar home sales were up 2 percent in the month of October but the news is not all rosy, according to data from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS).

In October 2014, there were a total of 102 solar home sales, 44 solar homes had a solar lease while the other 58 homes had an owned solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof. October returned to the…

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Phoenix 3rd Quarter Solar Resale Statistics Continue to Impress

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 11:08am 1 Comment

Phoenix solar home sales were up during the third quarter of 2014, including the resale of homes with a solar lease and solar owned systems on the roofs, according to the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS).  For the months of July, August, and September, there were a total of 289 Phoenix area homes that had either a leased or owned solar system, up 3.2 percent from the second quarter of 2014.

Solar leases made a large gain during the quarter as they accounted for 48…

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Phoenix Solar Home Sales Jump in September

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

The number of solar home sales in Phoenix jumped 13.6 percent from the previous month, according to data from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS).

In September, there were a total of 100 solar home sales, 51 were homes with a solar lease while the other 49 were homes that the owner owned the solar photovoltaic (PV) system. This…

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At 8:48am on November 22, 2014, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Rob,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!


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The first-ever comprehensive national guide for utility-funded energy efficiency programs is now available to help utilities, regulators and other interested…

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New Video and Course on Solar PV in Real Estate

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Real estate professionals who understand the basics of solar and know how to market the benefits of an installation will have a market edge. For most real estate agents and appraisers, assessing the value of solar is a new…

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What Happen to Energy Upgrade California?

Posted by Will johnson on May 15, 2017 at 11:43am 0 Comments

Energy Upgrade California offers rebates up to $6,500.00 in SDGE territory.  Up to $4,500 in other territories.  Unfortunately they don't/won't promote it.  I can't get straight candid answers from the contractors supporting the program.  Only…

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