Home Energy Audit Provides a Home Energy Efficiency Education, Says New Dayton-Area Pro Energy Consultant Franchise Owner

Pro Energy Consultants Franchise Owner Matt Eckerle recently opened his home energy auditing business in the Dayton area. Audit offers an objective analysis of a home's energy efficiency and solutions to any home discomforts. Acting as an "energy adviser," he'll teach homeowners how to save energy and reduce energy costs.

Dayton, OH, September 01, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Looking for a cure for high energy bills or rooms that are too hot or too cold? The prescription may just be a home energy audit, at least according to Matt Eckerle. Eckerle has recently been awarded a Pro Energy Consultants home energy auditing franchise in the Dayton 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.

"Every home is unique and presents unique challenges," said Eckerle. "But our goal is always the same: find the solutions to a customer's comfort issues."

Eckerle, who previously worked 23 years for the home improvement industry, feels his background allows him better help his customers find solutions for increasing their home's energy efficiency. In the audits he's conducted, he's found a lot of issues with rooms above the main floor.

Doug Lindley of Dayton, one of Eckerle's customers, was pleased with his energy audit.

"He found some areas that needed immediate addressing, and he helped me understand it was worth the effort to improve the efficiency of the home," said Lindley. "He found energy loss around the heating ducts, the vents, and the sinks and cabinets, as well as inadequate ceiling insulation."

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 Eckerle, the comprehensive testing and technical equipment gives homeowners not only a clear but also unbiased picture of exactly where their home is losing energy and therefore, wasting money.

Pro Energy Consultants emphasizes the importance of an energy audit coming from an independent, third party.

"My information is very objective," said Eckerle.

"It's great to have Matt as part of our team," said Pro Energy Consultants Managing Partner Derek Sola. "Dayton-area homeowners can truly benefit from a home energy audit. 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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