As I mentioned in that post, the work began with an energy audit of both buildings. “Energy audit” is a fancy term for using various tools to check for leaks, too little insulation, over-consumptive appliances, fixtures, bulbs, high-flowing faucets and shower heads… things of that nature.
Because the duplexes are (obviously) tenant-occupied, I prepped (“gave legal notice to”) all 4 tenants for several hours of disruptive testing and analyzing.
*(Keep in mind, this mere “analysis visit” amounted to a rounding error in the overall amount of time there would be contractors and other inspectors on site in all 4 apartments, much less on, under, and over the buildings. If you have tenants with a high level of resistance to disruption and work by contractors, etc… you should probably forego the CEC until they’ve moved on. It will be like a small-scale remodel is taking place.)
When the results were in from the energy audit, I got a call from the CEC main office to meet in person and look over the results. As expected… these 1984 buildings that hadn’t been updated since the day they were built, were in somewhat horrific shape in terms of their leakage and over-consumption of energy. The report was full of informative charts and graphs that painted a clear picture of “lots of room for improvement”.
Per the CEC’s estimates, each building was unnecessarily using over $800 per energy per year — and that was conservative. The report listed the specific areas of improvement, too,
They recommended the following:
Now, again, these were recommendations made by the crew at CEC. I could do none of it, any portion, or — as was my desire — all of it.
My next step was to get bids from any licensed contractor I wanted. In my case, though, I was set on using CAZ Energy Systems for the work, since they were the ones who recommended it in the first place, and because I’d worked with them for multiple different clients in the past.
(There was one exception, and that was the bathroom fans. I opted to hire an electrician we’d used in the past for that job. All four fans and switches, installed and ducted through the roofs, cost $2000.)
As for the other work, CAZ’s bid arrived and the full retail cost per building was $10,726.94. But after rebates from the CEC and the utility companies, that price was reduced to $5792.74 per building.
I signed off, the work was scheduled, and the tenants notified.
In the next and final post, I’ll write about the work being completed, and the monthly utility cost savings the tenants began realizing.