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Home Energy Audit Information from City Utilities
A home energy audit is often the first step in making a home more efficient. An audit can help assess how much energy the home uses and evaluate what measures can be taken to improve efficiency. A professional home energy auditor can use a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of a home. Thorough audits often use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.*
Currently, City Utilities of Springfield (CU) offers this service to residential customers, and splits the cost of the audit with the homeowner. Future planning includes changing this utility-provided program, to the market-based Home Performance with ENERGY STAR audit model. That program will allow the customer to choose from a number of certified energy auditors, then apply for a rebate from CU once the efficiency improvements have been made. Qualified auditors will be required to obtain Building Performance Institute (BPI) training and certification.
* (Source: ENERGY STAR)
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Covers Ohm' Law and Watt's Law, Insulation types, color codes, box fill, conduit fill, ampacity ratings, fuses, wiring planning, device configurations, and use of test equipment. No food/drinks allowed in classroom.
Spring 2015 dates will be posted Fall of 2014.
Learn about three-phase power and motor controls, connections for transformers and motors, motor circuit protection and power calculations. Magnetic starters, contactors, relays, pneumatic timers, selector switches and push buttons.
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