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12 I The Lovell Chronicle I April 22, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com Energy audits save the environment while saving money struction company. While he said he has always been sympathetic toward energy conservation, the new train- ing will help.him do a bet- ter job building homes and increase his skills in retro- fitting energy saving appli- ances and other measures to existing homes. Rather than focusing on a single problem - an old heating or cooling system, not enough insulation in the attic or leaky windows, for example - Home Per- formance contractors are trained to look at how im- provements throughout a home can work together to produce the best overall re- sults, Hinckley said. Training in the pro- gram includes techniques to detect and seal off air leaks that make a home's heating and cooling systems less ef- ficient. Home Performance Contractors use infared heat guns to detect temper- ature differences from the interior of the home to the outdoors. Scanning ceilings, doors, windows, electrical outlets, lighting housings and other possible leaky ar- BY BRAD DEVEREAMX A local contractor is taking part in a US Depart- ment of Energy program that is helping contractors around the state become more versed in home ener- gy efficiency improvements. The program's home ener- gy audits cover all aspects of a home, including heat- ing and cooling, ductwork, lighting, windows and ap- pliances. The improve- ments recommended by a Home Performance Con- tractor are meant to save homeowners money on en- ergy bills and help protect the environment. Frank Hinckley and his son and partner, Ty- ler, recently began prepar- ing for Home Performance certification, completing their training earlier this month. Training included 60 hours in a classroom and five home energy audits un- der the supervision of a pro- gram mentor. Hinckley said he has been a general contrac- tor for about 30 years and Hinc. Builders is the latest version of his evolving con- Hinc. Employee Steve Williams uses an infrared gun to identify temperature differences from the interior to the exterior of a home. The gun displays an infrared image on a screen on the back of the device, highlighting hot or cold spots in walls and ceilings. Power Office Supply 265 N. Bent P.O. Box 230 PoweR, WY 82435 307-754-4154  l//  Wednesday is Double Print Day -- 2nd set is free! SUNLIGHT lol N. Bent PHOTOGRAPHICS 754-5731 1) Powell Shopping Guide eas, Hinckley and his crew identify leaks, moisture buildup and poor insula- tion. They place a fan in a doorway of a home, sealing the rest of the doorway from airflow with a fabric door panel, to test how leaky a home is. Blowing the fan to move air outdoors de-pres- surizes the home and digital readout equipment displays the volume of air that is be- ing sucked through leaks in the house. Pressurizing the home (fan blowing in) allows con- tractors to use a device that emits a puff of smoke to de- tect where air is escaping. They use the device near windows and other suspect- ed problem areas and follow the smoke to a leak. Part of a home energy audit includes using a com- bustion analyzer to test for carbon monoxide and gas leaks from appliances like furnaces and gas stoves. Following the compre- hensive audit, Hinckley said his company looks at the best course of action to im- prove energy efficiency and which improvements would be the best value for the homeowner. Hinc. Build- ers supply cost estimates for proposed improvements and also estimates of sav- ings that will be realized by each proposed item. Common recommenda- tions include sealing leaks, adding insulation, sealing ductwork, replacing win- dows, upgrading lighting and replacing old applianc- es including water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, refrigerators, stoves, wash- ers and driers with Ener- gy Star qualified products. A contractor may also rec- ommend renewable energy sources, such as solar pan- els, to a home. "Some retrofits take lon- ger-to pay for themselves," Hinckley said, adding that they usually recommend the improvements that will pay for themselves sooner than later.  .... Hinckley said after re- ceiving recommendations, a client is free to hire a dif- ferent contractor to do the work, or decide not to pro: ceed with more work. Hinc. Builders offers home energy audits and has Frank (left) and son Tyler Hinckley use a controller hooked up to a blower fan in the doorway of a home to measure the amount of air that is pushed through the fan to determine how leaky the home is. been incorporating the dif- ferent techniques learned in general contracting proj- ects and new homes. "Our interest has been to improve the general quality of our work and get more involved in the retro, fitting industry," Hinckley said, adding that retrofit- ting older homes with ener- gy-efficient gear is becom- ing more popular as people opt to fix up existing homes rather than building new. Bi 9 Horn County School District l Kindergarten Screening (child must"e 5 years old by September 15, 2OIO) Kindergarten =creenincp will be held at Rocky Mountain Elementary School Ap00122. 2010 Please call Rocky Mountain Elementa W School, 5q8-2211, to set up an appointmenf or if" you have any %uestions. If" your child is currently enrolled in our preschool we will be doing screenings for them so you don't need to set up an appointment. Please bring current immunization records and birth certff'icate. i Child Find Screenings are in conjunction with BHCSD4 the kindergarten screening process, "It will probably be in 10 years, you won't be able to buy a home without an energy appraisal," Hinckley speculated. Home Performance con- tractors are held to a high standard, and the Wyoming Energy Council is in charge of checking up on contrac- tors' work. A reviewer checks the work at 10 percent of the home energy audits done in the state, Hinckley said. In addition to improving living conditions at home and saving the environ- ment, home energy audits are meant to save money. There are several tax cred- its and tax refunds available to offset the cost of efficien- cy improvements, Hinckley said, in addition to the mon- ey saved on utility bills in the long term. Contact Hinc. 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