# Home Energy Calculator

Like to know what MPG YOUR HOUSE GETS?

Wonder how much could you reasonably cut?

STEP ON THIS SCALE. FIND OUT HOW YOUR HOME MEASURES UP!

Enter your square footage, annual heating fuel use, then click CALCULATE:

(Email or call me if you want help figuring that out.)

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Enter your annual use, house size, Click CALCULATE

a pop up triangle estimates your ENERGY OPPORTUNITY.

(Get your annual consumption from RGE Here)

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?  LOOK BELOW:

KEY to 4 Pop Up Categories:

\$\$\$ – GREAT opportunity – Probable 50-70% energy reduction opportunity. This indicates a very expensive energy bill.  You may also have difficulty keeping the home evenly comfortable (because most of the heat created is quickly going outdoors).  This home typically has snow melting off the roof before other homes in the neighborhood and ice damming may be a frustrating and costly problem.  Often this homeowner has spent money trying to improve efficiency and been frustrated with modest to poor results. Please feel free to schedule a visit.  You are my ideal client as your energy savings is likely to more than pay for your improvements.

\$\$ – Good opportunity – Probable 20-50% energy reduction opportunity. Usually these homeowners want to see me because they feel the money they are spending on energy does not balance with the comfort they are receiving.  These people want to understand where the best opportunities for improvement lie before investing in improvements rather than using the old “throw money and hope” approach.  If you heat with Oil or Propane, the dollar savings opportunity can be quite significant.  Please feel free to schedule a visit

\$ – Some opportunity – Probable 10-20% energy reduction opportunity. If you fall in this category your dollar savings opportunity is probably not great unless your house is bigger than 2500 square feet and/or you heat with propane or oil (for example: \$1 per square foot per year energy cost at 2010 prices is high).   If you heat with Natural Gas and fall into this category your motivation for seeing me would be comfort imbalance issues, problems with ice dams, or your equipment has passed its life expectancy and you want to thoroughly explore your options and avoid making a 15-20 year mistake. Please feel free to call and discuss.

Small Opportunity – Probable 5-10% savings without extreme measures.  Basically anybody could get to Net Zero Energy Home, but at what cost? You spend more fueling your Prius than your home.  While cost effective opportunities to stop wasting energy are plentiful, once those are addressed further improvements tend NOT to be about saving money.   At some point the incremental cost of energy improvements becomes higher than the energy saved can justify on its own.  Homeowners with energy use approaching net zero want energy independence and are willing to pay a premium for it.  Please e-mail me if you are looking for help.

Remember, energy efficiency doesn’t mean turning back the thermostat…

…it means keeping the heat in the house!

If your energy reduction hopes align with my rough calculator, we should get together.  Contact me to discuss a free energy visit today.

I save my customers 30 – 70% on their energy costs.  CLICK HERE TO SEE DOCUMENTED RESULTS

This energy calculator will help you get a very general idea of your house’s energy efficiency and will provide an the opportunity for improvement.  All you need to know is your heating fuel type, annual amount used, and your homes square footage.  Our houses require a certain amount of heat which usually doesn’t vary much from year to year (unless weatherization occurs). There are a number of ways to determine annual gas usage:Call gas company and ask.

1. Call gas company and ask.
2. Login to your account and get usage history. (Click HERE for RGE)
3. Look at current meter read, then look at year ago meter read from a bill and subtract.
4. Go to the chart in a recent bill and look at each month.  With a straight edge roughly determine the usage and write it down.  Add 12 months usage together.

If you have problems calculating you annual usage feel free to send me your bills and I will try to help.

SCHEDULING VISITS Currently I am scheduling visits via e-mail and telephone.  Eventually there will be a calendar that homeowners can use to more conveniently schedule visits right on-line.   If you want to schedule via e-mail, please send the following information:

2. Size of home and approximate annual energy use or monthly budget for electric and gas or oil.
3. 2-3 times during the next two weeks that everyone involved in improvement decisions will be available.   7pm is a fine time to request.
4. Primary reason for requesting a free energy visit.

This will be a very informative meeting.  Generally there is a bit of discussion that occurs after I leave, if all parties are not up to speed on what was discussed we have not effectively utilized our time.  So there should be as few distractions as possible.  Visits can last as much as two hours.

Only this first visit is at no cost to you, so make the best of it.

DON’T KNOW YOUR ANNUAL ENERGY USE? – Do you have a rough idea of your annual cost?  Send that to me and I’ll calculate it for you.

Therms are currently a little over \$1 – so if you are on budget, multiply the  gas bill by 12 for annual therms – you’ll be close enough.

Propane and Oil are a bit more variable, you’ll probably need to call your supplier for annual use.

NOTES: This chart is under beta testing and the marker’s are very general.  If you are in the green well below “typical energy star home,”   you may be in pretty good shape.  Currently works best for houses between 1500-2500 sf.  IF YOUR HOUSE IS LARGER THAN 3000 SF and you are below THE ENERGY STAR MARKER there may still be  significant \$ saving opportunity for you.

If your home is larger than 1500 square feet and you fall above the energy star marker, please feel free to send me your square footage and energy use, and I’ll give you a rough estimate of what your energy saving opportunity is.

Energy cost is no longer a good gauge of consumption.   Prices fluctuate so much and can vary significantly depending upon provider, I use actual energy consumption for the calculator.  This will allow you to determine how much of an energy hog their home is without having the results skewed by discrepancies in energy price.  This way we can more accurately see how big your opportunity is to save energy and improve comfort.  A house heating with oil may cost50% more than the identical house using natural gas – yet the natural gas house is the energy hog because it uses more heat energy.  You need to track energy units used (therms, gallons, etc…), not cost to determine your savings opportunity.

This scale is only a rough estimator, as adjustments for house size is not part of the calculations.   Energy use per square foot should go down for larger the house everything else being equal.  Bigger houses may tend to be more in the green scale when they actually represent better opportunities for saving than smaller houses that show further in the yellow.   For example,  a super insulated 1200 sf house will use more than 1/2 the energy of a super insulated 2400 sf house with just for heat.  Therefore it will be inaccurately more to the right than a larger home.  Another variable not addressed is number or occupants and other energy uses.  Hot water in the 1200 sf house with 4 occupants may be significantly higher than in the 2400 sf house with 2 occupants – and that is not adjusted for here.

If you don’t know your annual consumption but you do know your annual cost, here’s a very basic rule of thumb for determining your energy savings opportunity and if we should schedule a free energy visit.  Based upon past experience:

• I REALLY WANT TO SEE YOU if you heat with Natural Gas and spend more than \$1.00 per square foot per year.  (Oil, Propane, or Electric the number is roughly double)
• I AM HAPPY TO SEE YOU if you spend \$.50 to \$1.00
• I WILL COME TO SEE YOU if you spend less than \$.50, but you are either freezing or your house is already fairly efficient.  I hope there are comfort or durability issues you want to address.  Please don’t expect miracles when it comes to saving money on energy.

By taking a comprehensive look at energy savings opportunities it is not uncommon for Home Performance customers to save 30% – 70% on their energy bills, whereas a new furnace may save 5-10% on energy cost (if sized properly, if installed properly, if your duct work is not undersized, if… if… if…).

Like to know how big your energy savings opportunity is?  First we need to find out if your house is currently consuming like a Hummer or Toyota Corrolla.  The challenge is to gauge where you are now, so you can see how much you would benefit by switching to Prius consumption.  By tracking your miles per fill to the amount of fuel used we know how efficient our cars operate.  We can compare our cars to similar cars to determine how well we are doing.  To obtain major efficiency gains in auto travel means changing cars.   If we trade our clunker in for a Prius we know we can expect to go from 15 mpg to 50.

Is your house a Hummer or a Prius?  Turn your Hummer into a Prius without having to move!

It is not necessary to “trade in” your home for similar gains in efficiency, in fact most new homes only offer modest improvement in energy consumption over older homes.  Many of the homes I’ve worked on are fairly new.

This energy calculator will help you get a very general idea of your house’s energy efficiency and will provide an the opportunity for improvement.  All you need to know is your heating fuel type, annual amount used, and your homes square footage.  Our houses require a certain amount of heat which usually doesn’t vary much from year to year (unless weatherization occurs). There are a number of ways to determine annual gas usage:Call gas company and ask.

1. Call gas company and ask.
2. Login to your account and get usage history. (Click HERE for RGE)
3. Look at current meter read, then look at year ago meter read from a bill and subtract.
4. Go to the chart in a recent bill and look at each month.  With a straight edge roughly determine the usage and write it down.  Add 12 months usage together.
If you have problems calculating you annual usage feel free to send me your bills and I will try to help.

If you don’t know your annual consumption but you do know your annual cost, here’s a very basic rule of thumb for determining your energy savings opportunity and if we should schedule a free energy visit.  Based upon past experience:

• I REALLY WANT TO SEE YOU if you heat with Natural Gas and spend more than \$1.00 per square foot per year.  (Oil, Propane, or Electric the number is roughly double)
• I AM HAPPY TO SEE YOU if you spend \$.50 to \$1.00
• I WILL COME TO SEE YOU if you spend less than \$.50, but you are either freezing or your house is already fairly efficient.  I hope there are comfort or durability issues you want to address.  Please don’t expect miracles when it comes to saving money on energy.

Most people’s single largest energy expense is heating their homes.

USE THE CALCULATOR ABOVE TO DETERMINE YOUR HEAT ENERGY SAVINGS OPPORTUNITY.

QUESTIONS? I would love to answer them, e-mail me at: homeenergyvisit@gmail.com or call (585) 466-4NRG, that’s (585) 466-4674. Call me any time – 24 hours a day.