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There are two methods of handling the efficiency upgrades of a home. There is the “One Stop Shopping” method and the “Independent” auditing method. The One Stop Shopping method has a company due the initial audit, make receomendatiosn, do the work, and then do the quality control work when it is done. Independent energy audit companies do the initial evaluation, make comprehensive recomendations for upgrades, assist you with selecting contractors for the work, work closely with the chosen contractors throughout the upgrade process, and then verify that the work is done properly.
Complete Home Evaluation Services is an “independent", therefore a “conflict free” audit company. Our goal is to create a plan that is the most cost efficient efficiency improvement plan for the home owner and make sure that the job is done properly. We represent the homeowner throughout the process to insure that the work is done correctly.
Since we have no financial gain with our recommendations we can suggest a wide range of upgrades, including ones that the owner can undertake. Generally, installation companies will recommend what they sell. If they don’t sell it they won’t recommend it. Remember, our sole goal is to outline the most cost efficient strategies to making a home more efficient, not to profiteer from installation work.
The third party verification method is a cornerstone meeting Maine’s new home energy efficiency requirements and for the LEED building certification. Homes that qualify for a LEED certification are recognized as some of the most efficient and sustainable homes that can be built. With both these programs the organizations have chosen to remove all possible conflict of interest situations and have truly accurate verification of the energy efficiency qualities of the homes.
There are many One Stop Shopping companies that offer great deals on audits if you hire them to do the work. These offers range from free audits to huge discounts on the audits. If the audits are discounted the company makes up for that loss by building it into the installation cost.