Where Pollutants
are found:


VOCS   Carpet, Paint, Fabric
     
Mold & Mildew   Air Conditioner, Humiditor, Heat Ducts
     
Nitrogen Dioxide   Wood-burning Stove & Fireplace Smoke
     
Formaldehyde   Resin-based Particleboard, Fiberboard, Countertops, Carpet, Fabric
     
Rabon Gas   Seeps Through Cracks in the Foundation
     
Airborne Particles   Carpets, Ducts, Attics, Crawl Spaces
Benefits ›
Health, Safety, Comfort and Durability ›
Energy Savings ›
Sustainable Design & Environmental Benefits ›
Increased Home Value ›




Benefits
The energy audit provided by REAS is not a visual walk-thru of your home. Our method is a "whole-house" approach based on building science using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools. The testing will evaluate many aspects of your home and the recommended improvements will provide both energy and non-energy related benefits.   

Key Benefits

  • improve the health and safety of your home
  • enhanced indoor air quality
  • improved home durability and reduced maintenance costs
  • more comfortable and draft-free home
  • better ventilation and humidity control
  • extend the longevity of building and appliances
  • reduce energy costs
  • increased resale value
  • lower carbon footprint
  • reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions
  • increase national security.



Health, Safety, Comfort and Durability
The most common cause for respiratory problems is indoor pollutants.
Indoor Pollutants: carbon monoxide; mold and mildew; VOCs

carbon monoxide (CO) Carbon Monoxide is a toxic gas released by combustion appliances. CO is the largest cause of injury and death from gas poisoning. Carbon monoxide leaks can be found in stoves; ovens; hot water heaters; fireplace; heating systems and gas pipes.

BENEFIT -During your audit combustion appliance testing will be performed and mechanical ventilation will be measured. Sealing even minor gas leaks can save you money.

mold and mildew   Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems and crawlspaces.  Mold and mildew are found in places with moisture.   Long-term moisture can also damage the structural integrity of your home thus reducing durability.

Mold is commonly under sinks, leaky roofs, windows and pipes. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery. 
Indoor mold growth can be prevented by controlling moisture indoors.  Cleaning up the mold is not the cure.  Mold will grow back if the water/moisture problem is not fixed.

BENEFIT- During your audit we will check for moisture issues.

volatile organic compounds (VOCs)   A variety of chemicals that have long-term adverse health effects.  VOCs create an unhealthy indoor environment that can be up to ten times more polluted than the outdoor air.

There are thousands of products that contain these noxious chemicals.  The most prevalent VOC is formaldehyde which can be toxic, allergenic and carcinogenic. It is most commonly found in plywood, glues, drywall, carpeting, insulation, veneers, cabinets, furniture, paints, stains, pesticides and other household products.

BENEFIT - REAS uses products that are low-voc or no-voc when performing home retrofits and remodeling including formaldehyde free insulation, caulking and cabinetry.




Energy Savings
One of the biggest benefits with energy efficient retrofits can be the potential cost savings in lower monthly utility bills.  Increasing the efficiency of your home can translate to saving hundreds of dollars annually and as energy prices continue to escalate these savings will become more and more substantial.    

The single largest electricity use in the state of California is the energy required to pump water to Los Angeles.  With California’s water sources severely impacted by record dry conditions, lowering water usage not only keeps energy prices down but will benefit us all.

BENEFIT –   A REAS audit provides solutions to help you conserve electricity, water and gas which can save you money.




Sustainable Design & Environmental Benefits
sus·tain·a·ble   - Capable of being continued with minimal long-term effect on the environment

REAS believes that it is our responsibility to provide our services without harming our environment.  Helping our clients to save energy, water and gas has a positive impact on nature, reduces pollution and depletion of our resources.

Working in harmony with nature through design is an integral part of our energy efficient retrofits. Some aspects of sustainable design include: natural daylighting; shade trees; thermal mass; alternative energy sources; low impact materials; use of local materials and longer-lasting and better-functioning products.

en·vi·ron·ment    - air, water, minerals, organisms, and all other external factors surrounding and affecting all life

Your home can be a greater source of pollution than your car.  Nearly 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are generated from the energy used in houses nationwide.
The electricity that we use in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants.  Burning coal for electricity contributes to smog, acid rain, and climate change.

BENEFIT – A REAS energy efficient audit and improvement will help reduce the nation's energy needs and build a cleaner environment.

7/18/2008 business journal:
“Federal forecasts predict America's appetite for electricity will grow in the next two decades by the equivalent of 650 new power plants. If we build all those plants, many of which would burn coal, we can forget about meeting even modest goals for reducing greenhouse gases and global warming.

Clearly, we will need to build some new power plants, but fortunately, there is another source of energy -- not nuclear, solar or wind power -- that can help meet our energy needs. It is a "stealth power" that is increasingly finding favor around the country to reduce consumers' bills, scale back plans for expensive new power plants and help reduce global warming.

It is energy efficiency, an unglamorous name for an attractive solution.”




Increased Home Value
Homeowners understand that putting money into their homes is a wise investment in uncertain times.  Placing energy efficiency at the top of the list in your home remodeling projects is your wisest investment.

Compared to standard homes, energy efficient homes equal lower ownership cost and the additional savings on maintenance can be substantial.

When it comes time to sell your house, the comfort, health effects, and low utility bills are features that can differentiate your house. These features have been shown to help homes sell more quickly and for greater profit. Today's home buyers are looking for energy efficiency.

Whether you are buying or selling a home, understanding the impact of current and future utility costs are crucial in recognizing the value of a home.

BENEFIT   - Upon completion of your REAS energy efficient audit and improvement, you will receive a certificate that recognizes your efficiency improvements increasing your home’s value.