Check Your Home’s Resting Heart Rate
Tracking your resting heart rate is a great way to gauge your body’s fitness level and progress towards reaching your health goals. What if monitoring your home’s baseline energy usage (resting heart rate) could show your home’s progress similarly? We’re here to help you learn how to do just that.
What is Baseline Energy Usage?
Think of what vital energy your home needs to function correctly. Is there anything that needs to be “always-on” for your home to be functional? Is your home energy efficient? Or are you forced to pay expensive energy bills just to live a comfortable life?
Calculating Baseline Energy
Ten years ago, calculating your resting and target heart rate required math. Timing your heart rate for 15 seconds, then multiply by 4. Enter smartwatches. During a workout, you are instantly able to see your heart rate. Smartwatches can prompt you to speed up, slow down, and change your work out according to your goals. Calculating your home’s resting heart rate is similar. Comparing a year’s worth of your electricity bills is a start. Also, Amazon sells small kilowatt measuring devices that allow you to test what energy plugged in devices or modems use. But not everything can be tracked by a plug. And, think of all the time and brainpower you would waste just trying to calculate it! Knowing how much energy things use, but not how to make them more efficient, does not help anyone. Here is where a home energy audit or smart home monitoring system can make all the difference and pay for itself.
What is a Professional Home Energy Audit?
Elevation Home Energy Solutions is a participating contractor in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. It’s a national program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, using a comprehensive approach to improving a home’s energy efficiency while helping to protect the environment.
Our qualified installers conduct a home performance assessment looking at a home’s air envelope and, in most cases, perform the following efficiency improvements:
- Air Seal: Seal leaks in the attic, such as pipes and wires penetrating the attic space of the home, to keep hot or cold attic air coming into the home’s conditioned air space.
- Ductwork Seal: Seal the ductwork, making sure the air-conditioned air goes to the intended place and not leak into the attic.
- Add Insulation: Most homes do not have the correct amount of insulation. We add insulation in the attic to make sure it’s at an R38/R48 depending on the utility requirements.
What are the Benefits of an Energy-Efficient Home?
A more energy-efficient home requires less energy to keep it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Homeowners can expect decreased utility bills, savings from lower maintenance costs, and more even temperatures throughout the home. A more comfortable living environment, regardless of how hot or cold the outside is.
Homes With Healthy “Resting Heart Rates” Save the Planet
Residential energy use accounts for a significant portion of greenhouse gases. Making a home more energy-efficient not only lowers utility bills, but it also improves the quality of life and is friendlier to the environment. Elevation Home Energy Solutions wants to take the lead in reducing pollution, protecting the earth, and reduce a home’s carbon footprint.
What Energy Professional Can you Trust?
ENERGY STAR is one of the most trusted names in promoting energy efficiency while maintaining a high quality of value. The program gives homeowners the confidence that participating contractors follow industry best practices that will address homeowners’ concerns. We are proud to say we Energy Star Contractor of the Year for 2019.
Our participation in the program provides several benefits and assurances to homeowners because we have access to incentives paid for by the local utility companies. These incentives offer a better value for material and labor. In addition to providing incentives, the local agency governing the program receives our reports and other paperwork for all our completed jobs. A certain percentage of our jobs are randomly field-tested to provide an added level of quality assurance.
All our assessors have certification by the Building Performance Institute, a nationally recognized training, certification, and accreditation body. Our assessors are experts in building science, understanding how air moves throughout a home, all of which can affect comfort, energy efficiency, and a home’s durability. They have been trained in the proper use of the latest tools and diagnostic equipment, passed a written exam, field exam, and prepared to use our energy modeling software to create a custom-tailored energy efficiency solution.
Can you Improve Your Home’s Baseline Energy Usage?
Yes! Once you know what your home’s “resting heart rate” should be, there are many things you can do to save energy and money today. Here are just a few quick tips:
- Use a smart home monitoring system like CURB
- Set timers and dimmers for smart LED lights
- Stamp out leaking electricity or vampire loads
- Quickly shut off devices by using smart power strips or plugs synced to Alexa or google home automation
- Upgrade or replace insulation
- Replace HVAC system if necessary to improve efficiency and filtration
- Find out if solar is right for you
Developing good habits to lower your home’s resting heart rate is essential. It all starts with a Certified Home Energy Audit – learning where the energy dollars go and how you can reduce your energy usage while improving comfort at the same time. By enhancing a home’s building shell and ductwork system, it will provide many cost-effective and health benefits for years to come.