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Preparing for Your Home Energy Assessment

Thank you for completing the survey for your Home Energy Assessment! Please find below some information on how to prepare for your Home Energy Assessment and what to expect. 


Before the day of the Home Energy Assessment

  • Make a list of any existing problems such as condensation and uncomfortable or drafty rooms;
  • Move furniture, drapes or other furnishings away from heating duct registers, crawl space and attic;
  • Place breakables in a safe place;
  • Clear a perimeter around your furnace and hot water heater;
  • Close and tighten all windows; and
  • Make sure pets are in a safe place, especially if they may be sensitive to technicians moving through your home.


On the day of the Home Energy Assessment:

A 401(e) Home Energy Specialist will walk with you through the house.  Be sure to share any concerns about your home’s comfort or energy use. When your Home Energy Specialist arrives, he or she will explain the tests they will conduct and will need some time to set up their equipment.   The Home Energy Specialist will perform a series of tests to gain a better understanding of your home’s performance. These tests may include:

  • Infrared camera search – Identifies hot and cold spots inside walls, around windows, and below baseboards.
  • Blower door test – Depressurizes your home and brings those hidden air leaks to life.
  • Safety tests – Includes testing carbon monoxide levels and combustion appliances for back-drafting.

  When the diagnostic testing is finished, your Home Energy Specialist will sit down with you to explain their findings. He or she will present you with various home energy improvement scenarios and talk about available rebates and financing options. They will work with you to create a game plan that will make your home comfortable, healthy and energy efficient.  


After the day of the Home Energy Assessment:

Shortly after your Home Energy Assessment, your Home Energy Specialist will send you a complete Home Energy Assessment Report.  Now you’re ready to take the next step and transform your home!