Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Energy Upgrades

The NJ BPU (board of public utilities) along with the Federal Stimulus Package has allocated up to a $5,000 rebate plus $1,500 tax credit for energy upgrades for 1.7 million homes over the next 10 years.

Anyone who owns a home and some that rent are eligible.

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, is a national program from the U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE, and offers a comprehensive, whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort at home, while helping to protect the environment.

Chrisner Group is a Green Homes Solution Provider and acts as your Quality Assurance project manager for the total integrated process. Unlike an individual sub-contractor or a Heating contractor that specializes in one thing, CG helps the Home Owner look at all the possibilities to increase your home’s energy efficiency, greenness, durability and indoor air quality and helps prioritize them in an integrated approach to get the best package for your specific home.

Chrisner Group in conjunction with Pre-qualified BPI Certified Contractors has put together a program to support the new Energy Star Home Performance program.

How the program works is:

    The homeowner schedules a Preliminary Safety Audit to check safety issues such as:
    • No unvented fossil fuel appliances
    • No large sources of inside moisture (pools, hot tubs)
    • No visible mold
    • No standing water in basement or crawlspace
    • No roof leaks
    • No flex pipe dryer venting
    • No bathroom vents into attic

    º The Auditor may also:
    • Check the utility bills
    • Measure the dimensions of the house square footage and volume
    • Inspect the Heating system
    • Inspect the Air Conditioning system
    • Inspect the duct work/distribution system
    • Inspect the insulation in basement, crawlspace, walls and attic
    • Inspect the homes appliances
    • Inspect the type of lighting that is used
    • Ask the homeowner about comfort problems in the home
    • Ask the homeowner about any technical problems with the home such as frozen pipes or ice damming

The Auditor will input this data either at the house or back at the office and through an Integrated Whole-Building Approach is able to recommend Energy Measures that will have at least a 25% energy savings and then the Auditor or Sales Consultant will assist the homeowner in prioritizing the measures. Some of these measures include:

    • Upgrading to a high efficiency Heating System.
    • Upgrading to a high efficiency A/C System.
    • Installing a HRV (Heat Recover Ventilator) to increase fresh air exchange.
    • Upgrading to a high efficiency Water Heating System.
    • Upgrade Insulation in walls and ceiling.
    • Air Sealing the home

    º After the safety issues are ok and the energy measures are prioritized, the homeowner is eligible for up to $1,000 of free air-sealing. Air Sealing includes the following:
    • A Whole-house Diagnostic Test/Blower Door test (depending on the model of house) before and after the work.
    • Sealing Air leaks in the Attic and basement (refer to Energy Star pamphlet or website for the Air Sealing overview)

Benefits of Home Energy Performance upgrades may include: Incentives and financing options to help you pay for cost-effective efficiency improvements< br /> A home that is healthier, more comfortable and has fewer problems
Up to 30% savings on your energy bills
Peace of mind - Chrisner Group's quality assurance process ensures all aspects of the project are taken into account and integrated so that improvements can deliver real energy savings, increased comfort, better durability for the home and a greener home
Environmental benefits including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for your corporation

Services you may receive through Home Performance with ENERGY STAR: A comprehensive home energy audit - an evaluation of your building tightness and insulation effectiveness, heating system, lighting, appliances, and windows

Professional advice on ways to improve the comfort and durability of your home as well as solve problems and lower your energy bills Assistance in integrating and prioritizing energy saving home improvements and help accessing financing to make those improvements Energy-saving measures such as Air Sealing, Insulation, High-efficient Heaters, High-efficient Air Conditioners Heat Recovery Ventilators and High-efficient Water Heater.

When you're ready to begin your project: 1. Call one of our Sales Consultants to schedule a home Energy Audit at 609-890-9096.
2. They'll walk you through the process and determine whether you may qualify for available incentives.
3. Your project must be use a Certified Building Performance Institute Contactor.