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Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2012 2:45 pm

The Phoenix franchise of Pro Energy Consultants was one of 86 companies nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for having improved the energy efficiency of more than 100 homes in the past year.

Vince Hunter, co-owner of the franchise with Ahwatukee Foothills resident Alan Hart, said the recognition is a big milestone for the franchise, which opened its doors in October of 2009.

“Alan and I both have over 30 years experience in the home building industry,” he said. “For us, this franchise was a really good fit. It allowed us to apply our entire career experience in something that helps people and the environment. It’s just the right thing to do.”

Pro Energy Consultants is a home energy audit company. The audits are done using a blower door to see how much air is leaking from the home and a thermal imagining camera to detect cool or hot spots that could use more insulation. The company has done close to 300 energy audits in the Phoenix area in the past year and 130 home improvement jobs. Improving the energy efficiency of more than 100 homes is what earned the company the Century Club Award from the Department of Energy.

The Century Club Award recognizes companies nationwide that have improved the energy efficiency of more than 100 homes in the past year by participating in the Home Performance with Energy Star Program. This year only 86 companies received the recognition. Hart said what really sets their company apart from others offering energy audits is the time they take to make sure everything is checked.

“Century Club Contractors have focused their businesses on providing comprehensive solutions resulting in whole-house improvements backed by Energy Star,” said Ely Jacobsohn, program manager of home performance with Energy Star. “These improvements increase the comfort and value of a home, and reduce the amount of energy used to operate the home. That means money in the homeowner’s pocket, a more reliable grid, and a healthier environment.”

Hart said many homes in Ahwatukee, which are over 20 years old, were built with less insulation and ductwork than homes today so it makes sense to have an energy audit.

“In my own home I’ve found problems insulation-wise, like air-barrier issues, which are really important to make the insulation work properly and provide the full R-value,” he said. “There were air leaks in my home, and duct leakage, too. The age of the homes in my area cause issues because the standard building practices were much lower than they are right now. At the time the homes in Ahwatukee were built very well, but you can’t compare them to how homes are built today. A home energy audit helps identify ways to make older homes reach the efficiency levels that are similar to the new Energy Star standards.”

For more information about Pro Energy Consultants, call (602) 368-8811 or visit www.proenergyconsultants.com/phoenix.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com

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