From my personal experience, anyone building a home or wanting to decrease existing home utility costs should only select Building Energy to audit, oversee and test contractors’ work, and ensure contractors follow specifications. If you are building a new home, make sure your Builder contracts Building Energy as part of the construction process.
To give you some background, I incorporated energy efficiency specs that Building Energy provided for insulation, windows, crawl space, HVAC system etc. into the contract with my builder. Building Energy was on site each step of the way to ensure sub-contractors did the job right and to specs. In one instance, they found that the HVAC system was completely unbalanced, and the HVAC company came back to fix the problem.
Now to the results. In March I moved into my new home. Night time temps were down to 35 degrees, daytime temps mid 50’s to 60’s. In my first 3 months my Gas/Electric bill was $48-$51/mo., LESS THAN my city bill for Water/Trash/Sewer !!!!! Even better, when the heat came on the heating efficiency was so superb the heater would run only < 10 minutes. to reach temp.
Now during the past 2 months with temps 95-102 degrees I turn my thermostat to 75 and it’s very comfortable. Appears A/C is cycling on only every few hours because home is so energy efficient. But the best part is my Gas/Electric bill is running $82-$86/mo.! AWESOME!!!
Kudos to Building Energy – they are the BEST!
I have used the services of Building Energy twice and can’t say enough good things about owner Ingo Stroup and his team. I first contacted Building Energy to help identify why our heating and A/C bills were so high and the dust level was an ongoing puzzle. It took less than 1 hour for Mr. Stroup to identify the problems and provide us with a low-cost, ‘efficient’ solution. The second time I called was to inspect an investment property for potential issues. Using infra-red cameras, the Building Energy rep quickly determined that the home had existing water damage in the ceilings and walls. Thanks again to Building Energy. I would recommend to anyone interested in conserving energy, maximizing efficiency and knowing that peace of mind is only a phone call away.
My husband and I purchased our two story home in 2006. We thought that because it was a new home that our heating and cooling system was efficient. Soon after we moved in we noticed that the upstairs and downstairs would heat and cool at different temperatures. You could feel the change in temperature about half way down the stairs, it was more than noticeable! It could be short sleeve temperature upstairs and sweater temperature down. This was very frustrating when trying to get a comfortable temperature for our home.
I approached Mr. Stroup at Building Energy with my problem. We met at my home and he was very knowledgeable about what my home needed to become a high efficiency system. He showed us the problem and then we had them make the corrections needed to make the home more comfortable. The difference the changes made is amazing. The two levels of the home are now the same temperature and our home is finally comfortable!
Just wanted to let you know, again, how pleased we are with our home. Our decision to purchase an Energy Star home in the Villas at Banbury Meadows was greatly influenced by not only the quality of the home, but the many extra features built into it. None was more important than having the Energy Star rating. We feel the Energy Star program is not only allowing us to help the environment but also saving us down the road in ever increasing energy costs.
I’ve done a comparison of the energy costs in our new home for the past winter and the costs in our previous home for the winter of 2006-2007. Our previous home was 1850 sqft and our current home is 2650 sqft. Additionally, our new home has nine and ten foot ceilings while our previous home had eight foot ceilings in all the rooms but the great room and the kitchen which was vaulted to twelve feet. We are heating far more cubic feet of air in the home than in our previous one. Our last house was built in 1988 and we installed a new 90% gas furnace in the fall of 2006. The insulation package in the previous home was R-13 walls and R-30 in the ceiling. Below is a summary of our energy bills in the two homes:
|Previous Home||Energy Star Home|
|Winter of 06-07||Winter 07-08|
As you can see our gas bills are only 46% of what they were in our old home. If the isn’t a convincing argument for Energy Star, I don’t know what is!
After living overseas for 14 years we decided to return to the states to retire. We decided to build an Energy Star home. We wanted a home that would be energy efficient with low energy bills. We have lived in the home for three months now. Now we have experienced the Energy Star difference. The additional insulation, air sealing and high performance HVAC system helps keep our home an even temperature. The mornings were always cold in the former houses we have lived in, and we would have to adjust the heat. Mornings in our new home are very comfortable.
Thanks for making a great home even better with your input & wisdom in energy efficiency! I’m confident we’ll be doing tons of business in the future!
Thank you so much for helping us make our home more energy efficient. Our gas bill went from $76.00 in December to $35.00 in January, February and March! We couldn’t be happier. I highly recommend you to everyone I know. Thank you so much.