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Prudent Energy: Home Energy Audit



Special Guest

Scott Higgins

Prudent Energy Systems

scottis special guest this week on The Housing Hour.  Scott just recently completed a Home Energy Audit on the home of the President of Mortgage Investors Group, Chrissi Rhea.  We will discuss the findings of that audit plus the incredible  benefits of having a Home Energy Audit.

Prudent Energy: Home Energy Audit

These are the considerations that a home performance contractor sets out to address, while taking into account the interconnectedness of homes, and the relationships between each of the home’s components. In accord with this holistic approach, a home performance contractor will assess, and then address, any of these potential problems within a home.

As mentioned above, home performance is based upon what we call the 5 pillars of home performance:

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1) Safety: Assessing the safety of a home is an important part (maybe the most important) of a home performance contractor’s job. Back-drafting appliances that may be sending carbon monoxide into the home, unsafe levels of formaldehyde from building materials, are all potential safety issues that a home performance contractor is trained to address.

2) Health: Indoor air quality is listed by the EPA as one of the top environmental threats to human health. A home performance contractor’s job is to ensure that your home’s indoor air quality is not a threat to you or your family’s health.

3) Comfort: Our home is our refuge. It should be comfortable. Drafty rooms, cold spots, unpleasant humidity and heat in the summer, poor quality lighting or incandescent lighting that creates unnecessary excess heat in the summer, are all avoidable unpleasantries.  A home performance contractor can help.

4) Durability: Imperfections within a building, in addition to causing discomfort raising health concerns, can also have long term repercussions. Moisture problems causing rot in framing, or insufficient insulation causing ice dams, are among the durability concerns that a home performance contractor will pinpoint, then tackle.

5) Efficiency: Last but not least, home performance is about ensuring that a home is cost effective to live in. If a mechanic told you that a few simple improvements could drastically improve the fuel efficiency of your car, that’s something most of us would jump on. That’s what a home performance contractor does for your house.

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Energy Star Series and Energy Efficiency in Homes Series



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ENERGY STAR Series Continues

The Audit

Scott Higgins reveals the Energy Audit done on Host Kevin Rhea’s home.

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Energy Auditing and Home Performance Contracting

Our energy audits identify:

  • Comfort Imbalance Sources
  • Mold/Mildew Sources
  • Inefficient Water Heaters, Refrigerators and Gas Ranges/Ovens
  • Ways to Reduce Utility Costs-15-50%
  • Safety Concerns

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Your home is probably your most important asset! By taking advantage of our services, you are ensuring that the cost of running and maintaining your home will be lowered, putting more money back in your pocket rather than handing it to the utility companies.  If the check engine light in your car came on, would you take it to a mechanic?  Unfortunatly homes do not have such warning systems in place, but Prudent Energy Systems can help by not only diagnosing potential health/safety issues, but also prioritizing repairs based on money saving opportunities! Contact us today!

We are a full service home performance building company serving the Knoxville area.  Our services include:

We work to maximize your home’s energy efficiency, eradicate any indoor air quality and other safety problems at the source, and optimize building durability and integrity.  Capable of working as a 3rd party verifier or as a turnkey performance contractor, we will work to ensure your goals are achieved. We’re certified, verified, and have over 20 years of experience under our tool belt.

Feel free to call us or shoot an emailfor a free consultation, where you’ll speak with a friendly customer service representative trained to walk you through exactly what sort of work we do on a day-to-day basis to improve homes like yours, as well as what energy efficiency rebates and tax credits may be available in your area. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Home Buyers Value Environmentally Friendly Features


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Home Buyers Value Environmentally Friendly Features


Homeowners frequently see their heating bills rise as fall begins and the weather cools. For this reason, homes with energy efficient and environmentally friendly features are often a priority to prospective buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors®’ 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, nearly nine out of 10 recent home buyers said that heating and cooling costs were somewhat or very important when considering a home for purchase.

“Realtors® build communities and know that consumer demand for greener homes and features has grown considerably over the past several years. Going green has proven to be more than a trend; many people now seek out this way of living and want homes and communities that are more resource efficient and sensitive to the environment,” said NAR President Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, Calif. “As energy savings and green building features are becoming more important to buyers, sellers and businesses, it comes as no surprise that consumers are placing a higher value on properties with those features.”

It’s easy to understand why home buyers tend to favor greener houses; often the higher a home’s energy efficiency, the more money is potentially saved in monthly heating and cooling costs. NAR data show that features which directly affect monthly energy costs are important to buyers; thirty-nine percent of survey respondents reported that a home’s heating and cooling costs were very important when considering a home for purchase, followed by energy-efficient appliances and lighting, each at 24 percent. Landscaping for energy conservation and environmentally friendly community features were less important but were still a factor in the minds of home buyers; nearly half of buyers found these features very or somewhat important.

Regionally, buyers in the North and South placed a greater importance on heating and cooling costs, probably due to more extreme temperatures in those areas of the country. The survey also found that buyers who purchased more recently built homes placed greater importance on environmentally friendly features than buyers who purchased older homes; nearly sixty percent of buyers who bought homes built in 2011 said heating and cooling costs were very important, compared to less than thirty percent of buyers whose homes were built before 1910.

To help its Realtor® members meet the growing consumer demand for green building practices and energy-efficient homes, NAR created the Green Resource Council in 2008. The council administers NAR’s Green Designation, which provides advanced training in green building and sustainable business practices so that Realtors® can seek out, understand, and market properties with green features; nearly 9,000 Realtors® have earned the Green Designation.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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The Energy Audit!


Listen to Complete Home Energy Series: Energy Efficiencies in Home!

Scott Higgins of Prudent Energy Systems is special guest:

Today our Energy Efficiency series focuses on a complete energy audit of your home. Prudent Energy systems is a full service home performance building company serving the Knoxville area.  Their services include:

They work to maximize your home’s energy efficiency, eradicate any indoor air quality and other safety problems at the source, and optimize building durability and integrity.  Capable of working as a 3rd party verifier or as a turnkey performance contractor, we will work to ensure your goals are achieved. We’re certified, verified, and have over 20 years of experience under our tool belt.

Home Energy Evaluations: Great Information for Existing Homes

Chances are, you’re spending much more on utility bills than you need to be.  A home energy audit gives you the opportunity to fix that.  Using the latest technology, including a blower door to assess air leakage, a duct blaster to assess duct leakage and infrared thermography, a comprehensive home energy audit will point out leaks in your home’s thermal envelope, deficiencies in insulation, and other opportunities to stop heat loss and reduce energy consumption, while improving the comfort and safety of your home. In addition to recommending fixes to reduce energy, we’ll also evaluate carbon monoxide safety, mold and other air quality issues and improvements to temperature and lighting comfort. Our comprehensive audit report will include a prioritized list of potential improvements, and an estimate of the savings our recommended work will likely lead to.

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Energy Efficient Pet Door – Energy Star Partner!


The Housing Hour wants to help your home be more energy efficient. One area that is often over looked is the pet door. Freedom Pet Pass™ is addressing the problem conventional chose to ignore – pet flaps that draft air. Air Leakage is the natural enemy to a pet door truly claiming to be energy efficient.  Freedom Pet Pass™ philosophy is simply this,  it takes an airtight pet flap to engineer an energy efficient pet door.

What makes Freedom Pet Pass™   unique is the credibility they have earned in the arena of home performance and energy efficiency. Unlike conventional pet doors, Freedom Pet Pass™ pet doors are the first and only pet doors Energy Star partners and home performance experts have tested and recommend for your home. These expert endorsements bypass the usual energy efficiency claims made by their competitors.

This Freedom Pet Pass™  door passes the blower door test you heard talked about on our show with Scott Higgins of Prudent Energy systems:

Watch this Freedom Pet Pass™  short video:

Listen to our multi-Part Energy Efficiency Series and learn everything you need to know about Home Energy Efficiency:

Energy Efficiency in Homes

The Housing Hour -Aired 6/16/2012


We continue our series on Energy Efficiency in Homes:

Our Guest:

David Lee – Residential Supervisor for U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Building Technologies Program

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Mr. Lee oversees several programs including Building America and the Better Buildings grantees. David was formerly at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), serving as Director for the Residential Branch, overseeing the ENERGY STAR New and Existing Homes Program. Prior to this, David was the branch chief responsible for the regulatory program to phase out the use of ozone depleting chemicals at EPA. Over his career, he has worked in several policy offices within EPA, DOE, and the Department of Health and Human Service.

Today Mr. Lee continues our conversation regarding research and implementation of Energy Efficiency science in existing and new home conctruction.

Be sure to listen to our other interviews on this topic: Energy Efficency in Homes.

Our last segment features KARM-Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries. Angie Hatcher Sledge, our Vice President of Development joins our show to talk about the ministry and their biggest  fund raiser of the year – Dragon Boats on June 23rd!

The Housing Hour – Aired 4/14/2012


This weeks show:

Special Guest – Frank Rapleygeneral manager in Energy Efficiency Program Design

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We talk to TVA about saving energy in your home! Frank Rapley, the General Manger of Energy Efficiency Program Design will be our guest.

Frank talks about Home Energy savings programs for every part of your home. The discussion takes us fromt attic insulation to foundation efficiencies. We also talk about heat pumps and hot water heaters. TVA hass a savings plan for you with great cash rebates and possible tax credits!!  Start by contacting your ultility company and asking about the TVA, In-Home Energy Evaluation Program.

Also, we have Al Barton (Red) with Bearden High School Soccer (Boys and Girls) on board to talk about Bearden soccer history and a delicious fundraiser next week at Aubrey’s at Cedar Bluff!