With home energy performance awareness on the rise, there is need for a low-cost tool to encourage homeowner investment in efficiency improvements. One of those tools is the virtual audit. In recent years, virtual audits have appeared as an alternative solution to identify opportunities for efficiency upgrades in ways that reduce time, effort, and in-person contact. The importance of virtual audit capabilities became more evident as COVID-19 made in-home energy audits more difficult during social distancing. As states continue their efforts to revitalize and upgrade the energy performance of homes and stimulate efficiency workforce activity, virtual energy audits provide a flexible, scalable solution to push efficiency forward.
The following opportunity is being piloted for homeowners or renters of 1-4 units throughout the state of New York, excluding Long Island.
NEEP and its partners are launching a two-part solution to virtual home energy audits. Step 1 utilizes Energy Estimator, a joint tool developed by NEEP and ClearlyEnergy, to provide virtual pre-assessments to identify homes that qualify for Step 2. During Step 2, customers use Signetron’s customized app to walk through their homes to collect relevant data. The app uploads information on home energy features to Energy Estimator where an energy model is created automatically. The solution features an online platform accessible by both customer and contractor. Homeowners can view savings estimates from individual upgrade options and contractors can manage their customer pipeline, collect data, and model projects to streamline the sales workflow.
Value Proposition for Home Energy Contractors and Homeowners
The process to undertake home efficiency upgrades can be long and complex for both homeowners and contractors. Remotely offers a solution to make this process easier, less stressful, less costly, and more efficient. Remotely offers a virtual solution to streamline the home energy audit process. Some benefits include: