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Air Sealing Where it Counts

The graph below shows which structural air-leaks drive up energy costs the most, allowing you to maximize efforts toward reinforcing your home's building envelope. 

This image comes from http://www.builderonline.com/energy-efficientconstruction/5-penetrations-that-provide-the-most-bang-for-your-air-sealing-buck.aspx 

Sharing A Customer Letter

Green Audit USA prides ourselves on the quality of work that we do and the high standards we hold ourselves to, both as a company and as individuals. We do the work we do because of our certainty that along with helping our fellow Long Islanders to become more energy efficient we are helping to preserve this beautiful island we call home. So when we receive a letter from a customer like the one below from the Delee Family of Smithtown, we cannot help but let our pride show.

Thanks to the Delee family for this wonderful letter and thanks to the hard work and dedication of Bryan Doyle, Marc Peterson and his crew which included Beondi Mason, Mike Johnson and John Chance. Congratulations guys and thanks for all you do!

Beyond Efficiency: How Properly Insulating Your Attic Can Prevent Other Unwanted Issues

Since 2009 we have been going into the homes of Long Island residents to help them improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The work we have done have helped to make these home safer, healthier, greener and more importantly for the homeowners, less expensive to run. Homes that are not properly insulated and weather-proofed result in the homeowners paying more to heat their homes in winter and cool their homes in summer.

Unfortunately for some of the homeowners we have helped, we have discovered other issues due to improperly insulated and weather-proofed attics that create other health and safety concerns for those living in those homes. More specifically, the infiltration of the home by insects, birds and rodents. When these occur, serious health issues can develop that will cause avoidable health costs that will not abate until the infiltration is dealt with.

Lessons From the First Snow Fall of 2017

This past weekend, old man winter reared his snow-covered head for the first time in 2017 and all over Long Island the sounds of snow blowers and kids was prevalent. Fortunately, the snow was of the fluffy, powdery variety that is easy to move and prone to snow drifts.  But while some thought it beautiful and other found it vexing, it offered some very important information about your home. Yes, the first snow storm of the year was an educational experience.

Depending on how closely you pay attention, the lesson may have been there every year when the snow falls. What is interesting about this lesson is that its value can easily be weighed in dollars and cents if you take the lesson to heart. And since all lessons have a topic, the lesson this weekend was about home performance.

A Modern Re-Imagining of Twas The Night Before Christmas

Thanks to our friend Bob O'Brien of Technical Heating. I am sure Clement Moore would approve...

A Response to the Newsday Cover Story 'Pay Up To Heat Up'

In the December 4th issue of Newsday, a cover story headlined 'Pay Up to Heat Up' discussed the predictions for a harsh winter and the effects it will have on homeowners and their utility bills. In reading this piece we noticed that while there were a lot of predictions and prognostications about the winter forecast and fuel costs, there was little discussion of how homeowners can take control of their heating costs through increased energy efficiency. As we believe that improving the energy efficiency of your home is the best path to reducing utility costs, Jay Best submitted a letter to the editors of Newsday in response to this article. While we do not know if the letter will be published and if it is, it is highly likely they will edit the piece for their purposes, we wanted to share the letter in its entirety.

Light Switches Can Be Big Sources of Leaks

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When talking to homeowners about having a home energy assessment, we explain each step and how it helps us to understand the energy efficiency of the home. The blower door test is one that is easy to explain but to go beyond the basic explanation to say how it helps to identify air leaks throughout the house is where it gets tough some times.

The video below shows how a gasketed electrical switch can be a serious source of air leakage within the home. If, after watching the video you are wondering how you can cut down on the drafts in your house while simulataneously improving you energy efficiency please contact us about an energy efficency assessment for your home. 

JAY BEST EARNS MULTIFAMILY BUILDING ANALYST PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION FROM BPI

Expansion into Queens that started in March 2016 picks up steam for Green Audit USA

Jay Best, Green Audit USA’s founder and president, recently returned to school with a goal in mind. For a graduate of MIT (BS in Chemistry) and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Masters, Chemical Engineering), returning to school seems overkill. But for Jay this was the next logical step in expanding the Green Audit footprint.

Smithtown Report Feature on Jay Best and Green Audit USA

A few months back we were approached by Smithtown Report, a program on the Town of Smithtown Government Television's YouTube Channel, for a story on energy efficiency and the Long Island Green Homes Initiative that was launched in November of 2015. Along with filming interviews with our owner, Jay Best, and visiting one of our projects in action, the video focuses on the work we did for one of our clients in the Smithtown area.

Green Audit USA's Jay Best Featured in LIBN

In a recent issue of the Long Island Business News, a column by LIBN columnist Bernadette Starzee titled 'The Green Team' featured comments by Jay Best, Founder and Owner of Green Audit USA. Below is the column in its entirety. 

Long Island’s homes are largely inefficient. But while homeowners from Mineola to Montauk think it’s a good idea to make upgrades to cut their energy bills, multiple efforts to get them to do so have failed to win mass adoption.