What Is A Home Energy Audit?

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A home energy audit is the first step to determine the amount energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to achieve optimal energy efficiency to reduce energy costs. An audit will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time. During the audit, you can determine precisely where your house is losing energy. Audits also determine the efficiency of your home\’s heating and cooling systems. An audit may also show you ways to conserve hot water and electricity. Our professional energy auditors provide a full and comprehensive home audit.

Our professional auditors use a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of a structure. Cornerstone Property Inspections, LLC audits use equipment such as infrared cameras (Thermography), Blower Door Assembly, Duct Blaster, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Combustible Gas Detectors, Smoke Pen, Kilowatt Energy Usage Monitors and the most up to date software programs for audits.  We are using  all of the latest technology to test your homes efficiency and provide you with a comprehensive report so that you will be armed with all the information you need, to be on the fast track to making your home more energy efficient and putting more money each month in your pocket.

Cornerstone Property Inspections, LLC technicians use Thermal Imaging Cameras which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.   After the audit is completed; photographs and an in depth report offering clear outlines of areas needing improvements will be given.  We can follow up with referrals for resources and subcontractors with proven capabilities that can help bring  your home to the efficiency level you desire.  All of collected data is provided to give you the information needed to get your home more efficient and Green! Let Cornerstone Property Inspections, LLC perform a top to bottom Energy Audit of your home to help determine the cause of any problems you may be experiencing, help you gauge your home\’s energy efficiency and recommend steps you can take to reduce your energy bills.

Why Should I Choose Cornerstone Property Inspections, LLC to do my Audit?

An energy audit from Cornerstone Property Inspections, LLC is an extensive home energy efficiency evaluation.  It’s performed by our energy efficiency experts and shows you how your home uses energy and how it wastes it. Our technicians are Certified through the Building Performance Institute to perform Energy Audits.  In Missouri there is only two programs recognized by the Department of Natural Resources to make you eligible for Federal Tax Incentives and deductions of expenses incurred with an Energy Audit and improvements to your home as a result of your audit findings.  Building Performance Institute where Cornerstone Property Inspections, LLC technicians have received their training and certification is one of the two federally recognized  programs. The audit results in a computerized report that gives you the information needed to make energy-saving choices that fit your budget and lifestyle. Our energy efficiency experts make it easy for you to implement the recommendations you choose. Performing for both Residential and Commercial buildings.

Cornerstone Property Inspections, LLC is a certified Department of Natural Resources Energy Audit company providing Energy Audits for Missouri customers that qualify for state and federal tax rebates and incentives.  Call us today to schedule your audit at (417)209-4321.

Missouri Tax Credit

According to Missouri Department of Natural Resources Senate Bill 1181, signed into law in 2008, includes a tax deduction for qualified home energy audits and the recommendations and improvements as a result of those audits, beginning with the 2009 tax year. To qualify for the deduction, the home energy audit must be performed by an energy auditor certified by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.  Missouri taxpayers who have had a qualifying audit performed on their home may claim an individual income tax deduction for the cost of the energy audit and the cost of implementing energy-efficiency recommendations contained in the audit. The maximum deduction is $1,000 per year, or $2,000 cumulatively for multiple years.

Federal Tax Credit

Now is the time to improve the energy features of your house.  You can recoup your investment by:

  • lowering your energy bills; and
  • saving up to $1,500 on your tax bill.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allows tax credits for energy efficiency improvements. Homeowners may claim up to 30% of costs of all equipment purchased during the aggregate two-year period of 2009 and 2010, up to $1,500 total.

Tax credits for installations made in 2006 and 2007 are still limited to the previous law’s $500. Any purchase made in 2008 is not eligible for this tax credit.

Eligible Improvements

Owners of existing homes receive a tax credit worth 30% of the cost of upgrading the efficiency of their home. The following improvements are eligible for the tax credit:

  • Insulation materials and system
  • Exterior doors and windows (including skylights)
  • Roofs (metal and asphalt)
  • Electric heat pumps
  • Central air conditioners
  • Natural gas, propane or oil water heaters
  • Natural gas, propane or oil furnace or hot water boilers
  • Electric heat pump water heaters

Exactly What Should I expect From A Home Energy Audit?

Comprehensive Energy Audit  – Helps to identify issues affecting your home’s energy efficiency and the health and safety of your home.  The Audit is a visual inspection of every part of your home including: doors, windows, walls, attic space, insulation, HVAC including Heating & Cooling Air Duct Systems leakage Analysis, Air Infiltration Inspection, Appliance Evaluation, and lighting.  It incorporates a detailed analysis and diagnostic testing that can pinpoint specific energy efficiency issues and identify your best money-saving improvements. This includes Carbon Monoxide Testing, Gas leak Detection, and Federal Tax Rebate Consultation.  We use advanced software to provide you with a full report and pictures including our energy-saving recommendations for your greatest money savings payback.

  • Duct blaster test to determine duct leakage
  • Blower door test to identify leaks in your home’s envelope
  • Thermographic infrared scanning to evaluate the flow of heat through your home and pinpoint problem spots due to leaks, missing insulation and other problems

Energy Efficiency Consultants

As inspectors and consultants with a passion for finding ways you can use less energy in your home, we’re committed to mastering home energy efficiency:

  • We incorporate industry-leading Technology to ensure a complete picture of how your home uses energy
  • Our extensive technological and practical experience helps us make the best energy efficiency recommendations for your home
  • We use advanced computer programs to evaluate your home’s performance and address all areas of your home’s energy use
  • We provide custom solutions your home, all in a detailed computer generated report

Preparing for An Energy Audit

Before the Energy Audit date make a list of existing problems such as condensation and uncomfortable or drafty rooms.  If possible locate copies of the home\’s yearly energy bills.  We will use the information to establish what to look for during the audit, how to make improvements and the savings that will be made.  Your input may help uncover some simple ways to reduce your household\’s energy consumption.  You are welcome to walk through your home with us as we work, and ask questions.   We at Cornerstone Property Inspections, LLC work for you.