July 22, 2010 // Franchising.com // SOUTH BEND, Ind. – June 30, 2010 – Local residents battling such home performance issues like comfort, excessive energy usage and poor indoor air quality need to consider having an energy audit, according to professional energy auditor Joe Neer. Neer was recently awarded a Pro Energy Consultants home energy auditing franchise and will serve the Michiana area.
"A comfortable and energy efficient home will save homeowners money and be better for our environment," said Neer. "Our methods are a proven, scientific approach to energy auditing. Those who make our recommended improvements will begin to save almost immediately. Sometimes it's just a quick fix needed."
Pro Energy Consultants is the nation's first home energy auditing franchise. As an unbiased, third party, it's focused on diagnosing building performance issues — namely comfort, excessive energy usage and poor indoor air quality issues — for homes and light commercial buildings. The company, backed by more than 11,000 energy audits and 15 years' experience, also offers a guarantee. If, at the end of the test, customers don't feel they've received valuable information about their home or business office, then the energy audit is free. To successfully diagnose home performance issues, the company's energy auditors first undergo extensive training from its building performance and business experts, followed by eight weeks of continuing education training.
The energy audit starts with the homeowner explaining the specific home performance issues he or she has been experiencing. Next, an electronic blower door is installed in an exterior door. Once activated, the blower door allows Neer to in essence take an "X-ray" of the home by using infrared thermal imaging to identify all the hidden building leakage areas. The entire process takes approximately two to three hours.
Neer's customers have found the energy audit beneficial.
"The Pro Energy audit has changed the way I will spend money on improving our home's energy efficiency and enhancing a comfortable living environment for our family," said Dr. Jan Earl Warner of Osleola.
Added Terry Gennicks of Mishawaka, "The most telling area of the energy audit was the photographic work showing home envelope infiltration. Also, the process heightened my awareness of how leaky the house was."
Last winter, Chuck Nickel, also of Mishawaka, noticed snow melting on the roof in one area. Neer's infrared camera pinpointed where insulation was missing in the attic, thus causing heat to escape in this section of the roof.
"Our consultant took the time to visually take me thru the process in showing me the problems I have within my home," said Nickel. "It will truly help me save money in the hard winters to come. We are now thinking more energy wise."
Neer said a comprehensive, diagnostic energy audit by a professional using sophisticated equipment is the key for removing all the guesswork and pinpointing what's causing excessive energy usage and major comfort complaints.
"An energy audit can also save homeowners from making unnecessary costly repairs, such as replacing a furnace or installing new windows," said Neer.
A detailed report with prioritized recommendations for maximizing the energy efficiency and comfort of the home is delivered to the homeowner within days of the energy audit.
"It's great to have Joe as part of our team," said Pro Energy Consultants Managing Partner Derek Sola. "Homeowners 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. One state, 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.
Pro Energy Consultants' proven system for conducting energy audits is backed by more than 15 years' experience and more than 11,000 energy audits. The company's mission is to provide customized, comprehensive and diagnostic energy audits designed to maximize the comfort and energy efficiency of homes and "light" commercial buildings while reducing energy costs. This mission not only sets the worldwide standard for energy audits but also established Pro Energy as the world's leading expert on the subject. In October 2008 Pro Energy began awarding franchises — making it the first national franchise in energy auditing. Being the ideal "green franchise" opportunity, it has quickly grown to more than 60 franchises nationwide. The company is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.