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Energy Efficiency: What IS It?


Solar energy is quickly making a name for itself in the Midwest. As prices drop, it’s an option that the public is starting to capitalize upon, particularly as electric bills continue to rise.

However, there are other services designed to both save you money and help the environment. Smart Energy Solutions does just what our name implies…provides upgrades and small changes for your home that equal big savings. If purchased in conjunction with a solar package, energy-efficient upgrades can save up to 25% off the cost of the system itself, as you won’t require as many panels with an energy-efficient home.

Where Do I Start!? The Energy Assessment

If you’re curious about what energy efficiency upgrades can mean for your household, the energy audit is an option. The audit occurs when our energy efficiency expert comes to your home and looks at the general makeup of your residence. It is at this time that certain tests may be performed, such as window and door assessment, attic evaluation, blower door testing, thermal imaging/infrared scanning, a duct system test, and CAZ (combustion appliance zone) testing. This visit will enable us to look at what we can do to help make your home both more comfortable and more energy-efficient. With energy efficiency upgrades, your home will require less energy, which translates to the size requirement of your solar system decreasing should you choose to purchase both services.

I Had My Consultation: Now What?

The upgrades go along with the results of your energy assessment and occur after you choose to make the commitment to energy efficiency for your home. They could mean special insulation, different lighting options, or other little assorted adjustments that can ultimately translate to big savings for you. After the upgrades have been conducted, testing will be performed to ensure that projected savings and efficiency have been met.

 Why It’s Important

A lot of people make the mistake of assuming that just because their home is newer, or even built within the last 10-15 years, that it is up to par in energy efficiency standards. Statistic show that homes that were built in 2000 and later only use 2% more energy, even though they run, on average, 30% larger in size. (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Residential Energy Consumption Survey, 2009). This, however, does not mean that improvements could still not be made. Having an energy-efficient home means having to rely on less solar energy, or even a significant decrease in electric bills for those who do not have solar. Money, or the dependency on less renewable energy, are not the only benefits of having an efficient home. Other benefits include a quieter home, better air quality indoors, fewer problems with pests and insects, less maintenance, and, most importantly to the majority of us, comfort. These benefits by far outweigh the cost associated with making upgrades to achieve energy efficiency status.shutterstock_307604387

An important thing to remember is that you are under no obligation to purchase an energy efficiency package for your home. The consultation is thorough and specific, and identifies areas of concern. If you have your consultation and decide that you’re not ready to move forward, we completely understand. If you decide in the future to pursue adding energy efficient components to your home, give us a call, and we’ll come back and ensure that there’s nothing new that could give you more savings.

Our auditors are certified by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. In order to qualify for that distinction, auditors have to be certified by at least one of the following: BPI (Building Performance Institute), RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network), or be trained by another approved program at the decision of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. In addition, while not required, Certified Energy Auditors may also be partners of the Missouri Home Performance with Energy Star program. A list of approved auditors in the Energy Star program can often be found on your electric company’s website. Smart Energy Solution auditors meet all of these qualifications.

If you have any further questions, please give us a call at (417) 612-7092, or visit our website, We are here to help you as you embark upon the road to energy efficiency for your home and savings for your budget. Please follow our blog, as well, as we will be breaking down our services into more in-depth pieces in order for our readers to educate themselves on the home energy savings process.