Energy Services

The efficient and conservative use of energy is essential to the preservation of the ecology of our planet.

TBC, doing business as Ecossential, is dedicated to providing the information necessary for homeowners to make informed decisions about the best and most cost effective ways of reaching the synergistic goals of saving energy, money and the environment.

Ecossential provides a full array of contracting and consulting services for both residential and commercial clients ranging from Home Performance Testing to full site LEED certification. For existing structures the usual starting point is with a Home Performance Inspection and evaluation.

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Your Building or Home Performance Inspection will include:

  • Baseline energy use evaluation
  • Air leak detection (home is depressurized with a blower door and diagnostic instruments are used to locate air leaks)
  • Insulation inspection
  • Door and window evaluation
  • Inspection of all exposed gas lines
  • Combustion appliance safety evaluation
  • Testing for carbon monoxide levels

Your in-depth report will include an evaluation of:

  • The current condition of your home's air and thermal envelope with regard to insulation, air infiltration, and air quality.
  • Combustion (gas fired) appliance safety test and efficiency analysis.
  • A list of incentives for tax credits and rebates offered by governmental agencies and/or energy utility providers.
  • A Payback analysis comparing investment cost to energy savings.

Why should you have an energy performance inspection?

  • Indoor air quality, comfort, energy savings, reduction of your carbon footprint and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are doing everything possible to ensure the comfort and safety of yourself and your family while reducing your impact on the environment.

How is a Home Performance Inspection different from the Energy Trust's review?

  • The Energy Trust's review is a 30 to 40 minute visual inspection only which does not provide quantifiable results as opposed to our more in-depth inspection.
  • A Home Performance Test is required to qualify for some financial incentives.

What is the cost and how long will the testing take?

  • The cost of the inspection, which includes a "Test In" and the report described above, and a second "Test Out", performed after any work is done that needs to be verified to qualify for incentives, rebates, or tax credits is $495 for buildings up to 2,400 square feet. "The Test In" takes 4-6 hours and the "Test Out" usually about 1½ hours.
  • As a trade ally contractor of Energy Trust of Oregon, we will assist in the process to receive incentives and rebates.

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