Energy Assessment Pack

Home Energy Assessment Notes

The purpose of this Home Energy Assessment pack is to help people reduce their energy consumption without impacting their level of comfort.  In achieving this they will reduce both their energy expenditure (i.e. save money) and reduce their carbon footprint (i.e. cause less damage to the environment).   The actions needed are likely to be a combination of practical measures, some capital outlay, but also a change in behaviour and mind-set.

These notes and the accompanying checklist are intended for use by those who have had experience/training in carrying out such energy assessments.  Although many aspects of the assessment can be carried out by most people with practical skills round the house, the best results can be achieved when this is done by someone who has had some training and/or experience in this field.

This assessment is not intended to compete with or replace those carried out by certified professionals as it does not carry any guaranties of thoroughness.  Its effectiveness is largely dependant on the person carrying it out, their approach and experience.

Before Staring the assessment there are several important bits of information that will help in evaluating a home’s energy use and the kind of personalised recommendation that would be most useful.

  • If possible try and obtain the Energy Consumption data (see checklist) in advance of the walk around, or at least ensure they are available as you start.
  • Find out what the occupants want to achieve (i.e. their priorities).
  • Ensure that the occupants walk around with you.

The time of day/week/year and weather conditions when the walk around is done will significantly impact the assessment and conclusions.  So it is worth doing more than one at different times/conditions.

  • Note the date and time of your walk around, and the current weather conditions.  This will help you to compare results with other audits in the future.

Go through each room and use the checklist to record things as you see them, you may need more than one copy of the checklist if there are several bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchents etc.

  • Answer each relevant question on the list, most will be straightforward, requiring just ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. Other questions may require further action. Use a separate sheet and reference numbered notes/actions stating which room these apply to.  Rate the severity/importance High, Low or Medium.
  • For a comprehensive assessment, it will be necessary to record details per room and for each electrical item.  This is only possible if time allows and you have the appropriate equipment/tools.

At the end of the walk round review everything and make any necessary adjustments.  If time allows, do this with the occupants.

  • Once you have answered all the relevant questions, ensure that they are self consistent, go back to double check if necessary.
  • Rate the priorities, focusing in particular on High priority items (i.e. where a lot of energy can be saved for reasonable effort/cost).  You will need to take account of the resident’s circumstances and objectives (i.e. be realistic).

Equipment and ‘things’ to bring with you

  • General Electricity Monitor (or smart meter) if not already fitted
  • Accurate Electricity plug-in monitor to measure low currents of individual equipment
  • Room Thermometer
  • Room Moisture Meter
  • Draught Detector (electronic, paper or smoke) (please be mindful of fire hazards when using smoke)
  • Digital Camera

To the Home Owner

The work involved in compiling this Home Energy Assessment Pack was carried out by volunteers from HaRE CIC and TNA CIC.  The equipment was purchased from funds provided by Haccombe with Coombe PC and HaRE CIC.

We would very much appreciate that you :

  • Look after the equipment and return it within 4 weeks
  • Contact us as soon as you have any problems or questions
  • Let us have your comments on how you got on with the pack, we want to improve it
  • On returning the pack, let us have your estimate of how much you hope to save (in kWh or £) in a year
  • A year later, tell us what you actually achieved and how