MU Works on Less Expensive Way to Audit Homes

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COLUMBIA - The first seven MU students certified through a new auditing program audited a Columbia house Thursday afternoon as part of a new inexpensive pilot program with the nonprofit Spirit Foundations.

The network is called the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). The program differentiates itself from traditional audit programs because it employs trained and certified inspectors instead of automated machines.

The original way of auditing could cost anywhere between $300 and $500. But the new system will cost homeowners "around 200 dollars, but there are also many coupons, goverment coupons," according to assessor Tyler Scott.

The Home Energy Score Qualified Assessors test everything that has energy output in the home.

"Take the whole house and compare everything that's energy efficient to the amount that's inefficient," assessor Gabe Kelley said.

Once the assessors review the entire house, they give it a score from 1 to 10 on how efficient the house is.

"It's like a miles per gallon sticker for your house," Spirit Foundations chairman Jim Mikel said.

Once the program begins in about a month, there will only be one assessor on the property as opposed to the seven who worked the one house on Thursday.  After that people assess the homes, ten percent of the homes will get a quality assessment using the traditional method for verification.

"For example, on this home, there's no insulation," Kelley said. "If you were to put in 12 inches of insulation, your score would dramatically increase."

To find out more information about this program, visit the Home Score website.