Energy Solutions

Want to cut your utility bills by up to 30%? Consider a home energy audit. It increases the value of your home, reduces energy bills, and makes your home more comfortable. 

After more than 60 years in business, Minnick’s focus is on whole home comfort and performance.

BGE and Pepco customers qualify for a special energy audit rate as part of the Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) program. Minnick’s is a BGE and Pepco approved contractor.

Whole Home Energy Solutions

 Many homeowners believe that heating and cooling system performance largely depends on the efficiency of their HVAC unit. You might be surprised to learn that many other factors contribute to your home’s efficiency.

Minnick’s Whole Home Action Plan seeks to understand how all of the systems in your home – from equipment and ductwork, to air flow and insulation – function to help you achieve the highest level of comfort, health, and performance.

If all or parts of your home are cold in the winter, hot in the summer, and uncomfortable in between, there are steps you can take before investing in a new air conditioning or heating unit. 

Most heating and cooling companies will sell you on efficient HVAC equipment – only. However, even the most efficient HVAC system won’t perform to its full potential if you don’t look at all the other ways the whole home contributes to high heating and cooling bills.

It’s simple science, but having a trained professional walk you through the process is important. If you have an air leak, your HVAC unit will have to work harder. You still won’t get the maximum benefit, even though your unit is operating at capacity. When equipment has to work harder to overcome a deficit somewhere else in your home, your unit won’t last as long.

That’s why Minnick’s uses the Whole Home approach. It’s the most comprehensive method to solve your heating, cooling, and insulation needs.

Minnick’s Energy Audit

How does Minnick’s solve all the needs of your home and get your equipment to work as efficiently as possible? We conduct a comprehensive energy audit. 

The average family spends $1,300 a year on energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. However, homeowners waste between $130 and $650 of that energy. 

Start saving your money today, and feeling more comfortable in your home with an energy audit. It’s the perfect checkup for any home. 

Home Energy Audits are a reliable and inexpensive way to have your entire home’s energy performance reviewed and diagnosed by professionals. 

The audit identifies home improvements you can make to increase your energy savings. These include insulation, air sealing, HVAC equipment upgrades, duct sealing, and improving indoor air quality.

Minnick’s offers three energy audits: TOTAL ENERGY SOLUTIONS AUDIT, HEALTHY HOME ENERGY AUDIT, and HEALTHY HVAC SYSTEM AUDIT.

Minnick’s is a Pepco & BGE Approved Contractor

With the BGE and Pepco energy rebate program, you’ll get Minnick’s Healthy Home audit for just $100. 

Plus, you’ll receive FREE energy-saving products. These include LEDs, faucet aerators, efficient-flow showerheads, insulation for your water heater pipe, smart power strips, and a ShowerStart showerhead adapter.

You’ll get a detailed report showing you how much money you’ll save with home improvements. You’ll save on your utility bills and with rebates that reduce the cost of the work. 

The following work qualifies you for rebates: air and duct sealing, insulation, reducing indoor air pollutants, and making HVAC equipment upgrades. 
BGE and Pepco customers qualify for up to $7500 in rebates to offset the cost of the energy efficient project.
 

Total Energy Solutions Audit

The TOTAL ENERGY SOLUTIONS AUDIT (TESA) is the best energy audit you can buy. It’s two audits in one. These audits check the performance and safety of your home and heating and cooling equipment. Both systems need to work together to create a healthy and comfortable home.

Auditors inspect and test:

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Insulations
  • Attic
  • Appliances
  • Heating and cooling system
  • Duct System
  • Indoor air quality

The TOTAL ENERGY SOLUTIONS AUDIT finds sources of energy loss and tests indoor air quality. 

The EPA found indoor air quality is 2 to 5 times worse to breathe than the air outside. 

That’s why Minnick’s performs two indoor air quality tests. First, the auditor checks your exhaust vents in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room to make sure they are venting properly.

Minnick’s will also leave air quality testing equipment in your home. This test checks your home’s temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide levels, VOCs, and particles. 

VOC’s are volatile organic compounds. These include gases coming off wood, furniture, or paint. Particles include dust, dirt, smoke, or soot.

Minnick’s leaves the testing equipment to get a better gauge of your home’s air quality. It varies by time of day and home activities. When we collect data for an extended period, we get data that’s more robust so we can better serve you.

Your health depends on what’s in the air of your home. Breathing problems and asthma are common in homes with poor indoor air quality.

Once we have all our data, we create an energy solution plan that outlines problems, solutions, and projected energy savings. 

Our customers see savings quickly with a decrease in utility bills, fewer equipment breakdowns, longer lasting HVAC equipment, and improved air quality. A healthy home means healthy living.

We’ve performed TESA audits for more than a decade. Our experience shows that most HVAC systems and homes DO NOT work together efficiently. 

The Total Energy Solutions Audit inspects, tests, and solves your whole home comfort and efficiency making sure your home and HVAC system work well together.

Healthy Home Energy Audit

A HEALTHY HOME ENERGY AUDIT tests the performance of your home to see how well it breathes. Why is this important? Your home needs to ventilate and circulate air for your overall safety, comfort, and health.

First, the auditor inspects every room in your home including the basement, crawlspace, attic, and combustion appliances. The auditor looks for air leaks, proper ventilation, water leakage, and electrical or other safety hazards.

Then, a blower door test checks the home for drafts and air leakage. In this test, the auditor attaches a special door to your home to find hidden cracks, holes, and leaky air ducts. They all cause energy loss, which costs you money.

Here’s a surprising fact: according to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average home leaks so much air, it’s like leaving a window open 24/7!

Next, the auditor identifies hot and cold spots throughout your home which indicate energy loss and poor insulation. We’ll encourage you to walk around the house with the auditor so we can have you feel the drafts.

Finally, the Healthy Home Energy Audit checks the appliances for gas leaks. A carbon monoxide test is also done to ensure safe levels in your home. 

The Healthy Home Energy Audit focuses on your home’s performance. However, your HVAC unit is also responsible for whole home comfort and efficiency. That’s why the auditor may recommend an additional audit that focuses only on the heating and cooling equipment including your ductwork.

Healthy HVAC System Audit

The HEALTHY HVAC SYSTEM AUDIT tests the efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment. 

The auditor attaches a blower door to your home, just like we do in the Healthy Home Audit. This door has a special fan attached, and it depressurizes your home revealing hidden air leaks.

In a Healthy HVAC System audit, the auditor pays special attention to your heating and cooling equipment including your ductwork. 

Your ductwork delivers conditioned air to every room. However, air duct leaks prevent the cool and warm air from reaching all the spaces in your home. Air duct leaks force your HVAC unit to work harder, which means lower efficiency, and higher utility costs. 

The auditor inspects and tests the airflow and humidity in every room of your home. Humidity impacts whole home comfort and your health. 

It’s hard to feel comfortable if the humidity is too high or too low. You may also experience health problems like difficulty breathing, nosebleeds, and skin irritation.

The HEALTHY HVAC SYSTEM AUDIT tests the performance and efficiency of your HVAC system. 

Comparison of Minnick’s energy audits

Our auditors have certifications from the Building Performance Institute, which Consumer Reports recommends. BPI contractors guarantee results. The auditor checks your home and HVAC performance before and after improvements.

Minnick’s can help you choose the energy audit that fits your needs best. Here’s a comparison of the services offered with each audit. 
   

The energy audits vary in price, based on the services offered. 

  • Total Energy Solution Audit (2 audits in one): $595 (Savings of $200)
  • Healthy Home Energy Audit: $400 ($100 for BGE and Pepco customers)
  • HVAC Energy Audit: $395

If you are a BGE or Pepco customer, you qualify for a Healthy Home Audit for just $100. This price covers homes up to 3,000 square feet with a single heating and cooling zone. The service costs more in larger homes or ones with multiple zones. 

BGE and Pepco customers can save up to $7500 for qualifying home improvements. The amount you qualify for depends on your estimated energy savings. Learn more about the Home Performance with Energy Star program from BGE and Pepco.

We assess and work with you to understand your goals and budget so that we plan for your optimal solution.

Schedule an audit by contacting Minnick’s at 888.483.5740. VIP Club members receive a 10% discount. If you are not a VIP member, it is free to join. The VIP club offers savings and exceptional service, so you achieve whole home comfort.

“I’ve been doing business with Minnick’s for 40+ years. I wanted an energy audit. Greg was efficient and explained parts of the audit very well.”

- Barbara D. Laurel, MD