HERS II Rating (Home Energy Audits)

home energy auditsWHAT IS A HERS RATING or Home Energy Audits?

A HERS II rating is a more detailed, comprehensive version of a standard energy audit. This is the first step to assess how much energy your home or business consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home or business more energy efficient, by performing a room by room examination of a structure as well as a thorough examination of past utility bills. Our energy audit or “HERS Rating” uses building science to help us evaluate and create a comprehensive plan that will increase your home’s energy efficiency and comfort, lower your utility bills, reduce your carbon footprint, improve the indoor air quality and extend your structure’s durability. It’s so much more than a clipboard audit that some companies simply call a Home Energy Audit.

At Golden State Energy Consultants, we use a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of a structure. Our Energy Performance Assessment uses equipment such as blower door test, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, Duct testing which can determine the efficiency and condition of the HVAC duct system and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.

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Preparing for Home Energy Audits

Before Golden State Energy Consultants visits your home or office, make a list of any existing problems or concerns. Have copies or a summary of your yearly energy bills. (Your utility company can get these for you.) Your energy inspector will use this information to establish what to look for during the energy audit. The home inspector first examines the outside of the home or office to determine the size of the structure and its features (i.e., wall area, number and size
of windows). Then we will analyze the occupant’s behavior.

  • Is anyone home during working hours?
  • What is the average thermostat setting for summer and winter?
  • How many people live or work here?
  • Is every room in use?

Your answers may help uncover some simple ways to reduce your home or office energy consumption. Be sure to walk through with your energy inspector as they work, and ask questions.

When Should You Have a Home Energy Audit Performed?
Here are the Top Ten Reasons that every homeowner should keep in mind:
When should you have a home energy audit performed?

  • Before you sell your home
  • Before you buy a home
  • Before installing solar or renewable energy systems
  • Before replacing your heating or AC system
  • Before you renovate your home

Why are home energy audits important?

  • In order to increase your home’s value
  • To lower utility bills for the life of your home
  • If your home has comfort issues
  • If there are ventilation or health problems
  • If you wish to improve the environment

Let a certified energy inspector at Golden State Energy Consultants guide you toward optimizing your homes energy usage should any of these situations apply to you. Contact Us


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