Home Energy Audit Helps Homeowners Maximize Their Energy Efficiency, Says New Charlotte-Area Pro Energy Consultant Franchise Owner

Pro Energy Consultant Franchise Owner Ed Gallagher recently opened his home energy auditing business in the Charlotte area. Using state-of-the art equipment, his comprehensive home energy audit will help homeowners not only resolve comfort issues but also go green by saving energy and reducing their energy costs.

Charlotte, NC, September 01, 2009 --(PR.com)-- If you're ready to go green, then you may want to consider having a home energy audit. At least that's according to Ed Gallagher, who has recently been awarded his own Pro Energy Consultants home energy auditing franchise. His territory covers North Mecklenburg County, Mooresville, Concord and the Lake Norman area.

Pro Energy Consultants, the nation's first home energy auditing franchise, provides homeowners standardized, comprehensive energy audits designed to maximize the home's comfort and energy efficiency while reducing energy costs. Franchise owners undergo extensive training at the company's headquarters in Cleveland before beginning the business.

"I'm passionate about the environment and increasing energy efficiency," said Gallagher. "My job is to help homeowners find solutions to any comfort issues or energy inefficiencies in their home."

Gallagher says one of the signs a home energy audit is needed is if the homeowner suspects the home is losing heat or air conditioning due to "leakage," or if there are considerable temperature differences from room to room.

"So far I'm seeing homes not being built very tight--meaning a lot of leakage around places like staircases and fireplaces," says Gallagher.

Pro Energy Consultants uses state-of-the-art infrared imaging and blower-door testing to determine wasteful energy and the reasons for comfort issues (such as poor indoor air quality) in a home or facility. The process begins when an electronic blower door is installed in an exterior door. Once activated, the blower door allows the energy auditor to in essence take an "X-ray" of the home by using infrared thermal imaging to identify all the hidden building leakage areas--the real cause for excessive energy usage and major comfort complaints. A detailed report with prioritized recommendations for increasing the energy efficiency and comfort of the home is delivered to the homeowner within days of the energy audit.

According to Gallagher, the comprehensive testing and technical equipment gives homeowners a clear picture of exactly where their home is losing energy, and therefore, wasting money.

"It's great to have Ed as part of our team," said Pro Energy Consultants Managing Partner Derek Sola. "Charlotte is a perfect market for us. We've seen a tremendous amount of interest in this area from homeowners who are looking for affordable solutions for solving their comfort issues and reducing energy usage."

According to Sola, his company has experienced considerable growth since being founded in 2008. He attributes this to the nation's increased focus on fiscal responsibility and energy conservation. For example, several states are beginning to subsidize and reward homeowners who make their homes more energy efficient. The City of Austin now requires all sellers of non-exempt residential properties within the city limits to complete an energy audit and provide an energy audit report to prospective homebuyers prior to the sale. Nevada has passed legislation making energy audits mandatory in the near future. Many more states are considering similar legislation. In addition, many states will receive millions of dollars this year in stimulus grants for energy-efficient projects, including weatherization of homes.

About Pro Energy Consultants

Pro Energy Consultants, founded in 2008, is the first national franchise in residential energy auditing. Its mission is to provide standardized, comprehensive energy audits designed to maximize the home's comfort and energy efficiency while reducing energy costs. Given the current economic conditions, it represents the ideal "green franchise" opportunity by providing franchisees a high-demand business with a low-cost of entry. The company, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, currently has nearly 30 franchises nationwide.

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