Texas Energy Audits for Austin, D/FW, Houston & San Antonio
“Any Texas home older that is older than 10 years should conduct a Energy Audit and then install attic insulation, radiant heat barriers, AC duct sealing, reflective UV window film, window and door weatherization, CFL light bulbs, solar hot water heaters, geothermal heat pumps, programmable thermostats, variable speed pool pumps and a choice of many other types of energy upgrades”
Longhorn Solar’s Business Directory of Home Energy Audit Companies:
Longhorn Solar does a tremendous volume of business in most metropolitan and rural areas throughout Texas. Due to the sheer volume of our business, it is hard to keep track of every Home Energy Audit vendor we do business with. In order to find the best company to do business with, please make sure that they are a licensed contractor in the state of Texas. Check their standing with the Better Business Bureau and ask for at least three bids to make sure that you are receiving the best brand name products for the lowest price in town.
Home Energy Audits: Required to Plug Energy Leaks and Reduce Energy Consumption
All home energy audits should examine one or more of the following energy efficiency products: Attic Insulation, Blinds (Honeycomb), Duct Sealing, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Programmable Thermostats, Radiant Heat Barrier, Rainwater Harvesting, Solar Attic Fans, Solar Screens, Solar Hot Water Heaters, Solar Light Tubes, Solar Sun Screens, Reflective UV Window Film, Thermal Image Scans, Window and Door Weatherization, and Variable Speed Pool Pumps.
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If your home is more than 10 years old, your first step before installing a solar power array is to conduct an Energy Audit. While this may seem like a painful and expensive process, this step is highly recommended. Installing energy efficient upgrades that seal holes where cool air leaks out of your home in the summer and cold air penetrates your home during the winter will significantly reduce the amount of energy your home consumes. Installing 22 inches of insulation that buries all rafters, sealing and insulating all air ducts, weatherizing all windows and doors, and installing radiant heat barrier to reflect UV rays away from your homes attic will save you a tremendous amount of money.
The next step is to cover up windows. Adding sun screens and reflective UV window film to windows to where 50% of heat enters a home during the summertime will also save you a lot of money. Most people would never leave their stove turned on during the day when they are at work. The sight of red hot stove top burners make you want to turn them off regardless of the small footprint they represent.
An average sized home has about 25 windows that measure 3′ x 15′, which equals 15 square feet each or 375 sq. ft. of total window space. What do think produces more heat? A stove with 4 burners turned up high enough to boil water at 212 degrees or 25 windows that are as hot as the outside temperature during a Texas heat wave. Double pane windows help, but using sunscreens to keen direct sunshine from heating up the glass and metal frames and window tint to reflect harmful UV away from your windows is a very smart business decision. Installing honeycomb blinds, wooden blinds or heavy curtains also can dramatically cut down on the amount of heat entering your abode.
Other simple steps that most people have heard about, but still seem to ignore is installing CFL light bulbs and changing their air filters. We recommend changing every single candescent light bulb to a CFL. Each CFL will save you $45 over 7 years. Multiply $45 to 50 light bulbs. Just do it! Air filters cost about $4. Everyone should buy at least 12 air filters at a time and make it a habit to change air filters once a month. If your air conditioner can’t breathe, it certainly can’t blow cold air into your home to keep it cool.