Energy Conservation Expert Shares 3 Favorite Tools
Javier Saucedo, Energy Conservation Consultant, Ventura, California
Javier Saucedo, 54, became an energy conservation consultant in Southern California 15 years ago and has never looked back.
Among other things, he has worked as an energy coach for a county-operated program that provides homeowners free consultations on how to make their homes more comfortable and energy efficient. Typically, he provides a report of suggested improvements. Homeowners can use the report any way they want, but many hire Saucedo to do the work or certify that the contractor they do hire does it properly so they can qualify for rebates. Saucedo estimated that homeowners of single-family homes built between 1950 and 2010 make up 70 percent of his clientele.
While about half his prospects have postponed inspections due to COVID-19 in recent months, he has been able to conduct many assessments via FaceTime.
“I’ve done a couple thousand of these on-site over the years, so I know what I’m looking for,” he said. “During COVID-19, I’ve been able to find leaks in a water heater by performing a virtual assessment with a phone using FaceTime. Homeowners enjoy going along with it because they are learning about their home as I go.”
Regardless of what happens with COVID-19, Saucedo sees only more demand from homeowners disappointed with the low standard set by California residential energy code.
“When people start making net zero energy homes, that will be the home I can’t touch, which is my goal,” he said.
Below is a list of three tools Saucedo considers critical to fulfilling that mission.
Fluke, Thermal Imager, Ti110
These thermal imagers are really handy when you’re trying to look for things you can’t see inside a home. Because of the technology we have nowadays, they actually have smaller ones that do a better job. I use this one to see if there is a good level of insulation behind the wall or in the attic.