Taking The Virtual Energy Audit Plunge

What we’re using, where we’re losing it and how we might gobble up less of it. That’s what we all want to know as the era of dumb energy consumption draws to a close. Energy Results is one of the many companies hoping to enable that promised smarter future — and take advantage of it — and this week the company began dangling a “Virtual Home Energy Audit” that can be done for free over the Web.

Is this a slick technique for gathering contact information and other data on potential customers? Of course. They get your home address and your email address, and right there in the press release you’re told what happens after you complete survey:  “From there, Energy Results offers a full range of energy saving products and services, managing the upgrade process for the customer from start to finish.”

Home energy audit, Energy Results

image via Energy Results

But this EarthTechling contributor, ever brave, took the plunge. He found the three- or  four-minute survey painless and, while hardly revelatory, it was a pretty good encapsulation of the sadly vast number of upgrades his house needs, from a low-flow showerhead to attic and ceiling insulation. The “audit” also provided some interesting information on how much the upgrades might cost ($2,395) and how long it might take to recoup their costs (3.9 years). Plus, the site said the recommended upgrades would result in 282 trees saved, though it did not immediately explain that concept.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

  • Thx for taking the “plunge” Pete. As for your question on “trees saved,” this is basically a calculation the CO2e savings generated by completing the upgrade(s) as compared to the CO2 sequestration of an average tree. This conversion is intended to make the environmental benefits of you actions a bit easier to quantify and understand.

    We appreciate you trying the Virtual Home Energy Audit. What really sets our business apart from others is that we not only provide the educational tools to identify the right upgrades, but we also help homeowners make them a reality – offering a range of products, services and financing solutions. We look forward to chatting with you more about our biz in the weeks and months to come.