Frequently Asked Questions

How can Energy Analysis Group help me save on utility bills? And what other benefits does this program offer?

Energy Analysis Group offers customers the opportunity to upgrade the mechanical and insulation systems in their homes. This will provide a more comfortable home as well energy savings.

How can the average person afford this? Won’t this cost me thousands of dollars?

The simple answer is that with this program you won’t have to pay anything close to thousands of dollars. In fact, it’s possible you won’t have to pay anything at all to upgrade your systems. By taking advantage of this program and upgrading to new systems, your total energy bill will generally go down approximately 30 percent, covering the cost of the project.

Can you explain how I am getting these systems worth thousands of dollars for practically no cost?

Sure. The reason we can make such a statement is that we have both a grant and loan available and when combined, it is usually enough to offset the cost of the upgrades!

The grant is up to a maximum of $5,000, which applies to 50% of the total upgrade cost. The other 50% of the costs can be financed through a $10,000, 0% interest loan offered by NJNG or EFS. The upgrade will generally save you more than your monthly loan payment amount. So in essence, you won’t be paying a penny. You’ll be getting a system upgrade that saves you on your utility bills each month, from the first month!

In addition to this, the comfort of your home will increase. Many of the drafty homes and air quality issues can and will be addressed and improved with this program.

How can I compare energy costs? Is gas energy really cheaper than oil and electric?

  Unit Price per Unit* Btu per Unit Price per 100,000 Btu
Gas 1 Therm $1.04 100,000 $1.04
Oil 1 gal $3.60 139,000 $2.59
Propane 1 gal $3.19 91,600 $3.48
Electricity 1 kWh $0.14 3,412 $4.10
*Price per unit is based on February 2014 rates

Comparing energy costs can be difficult, even for someone in the industry! We have tried to give you some clarity in the chart above and we will review it together. A Btu is the unit used to calculate the energy content in the various energy sources. On your electric bill you will be billed by the kWh (kilowatt hours), on the gas bill you will be billed by the Therm and those who use oil and propane will pay by the gallon. In comparing someone using gas heat as opposed to oil or electric, 100,000 Btu’s of gas will cost $1.04, 100,000 Btu of oil will cost $2.59 and 100,000 Btu’s of electric will cost a whopping $4.10.

What influences energy costs besides for the units?

Picture a building that requires three tons of air conditioning to stay cool. If the same structure is actually a tent, you would need over five tons of air conditioning to keep it cool, since the walls aren’t sealed and insulated. The same goes for your house. If your home isn’t sealed properly, you may have the air conditioner running on full blast, but up to half the energy is flowing right out of the house causing your air conditioner to use twice the energy.

How can I be sure that you won’t be selling me a system I don’t need or something that won’t actually reduce my energy costs?

Our business is BPI-certified. BPI, the Building Performance Institute, is an accreditation institute that leads the entire country when it comes to energy grants for residential work. The program requires that all residential energy upgrades must be conducted by BPI-certified contractors in order to qualify for loans and grants.

We go through a lengthy process to ensure that our work meets BPI standards. Our jobs are inspected by BPI certified inspectors, who check that we’re maintaining the proper qualifications. With us, you aren’t dealing with just any repairman. You’re dealing with a licensed, certified company with over 20 years of experience.

What is the entire process of getting the upgrade installed?

Before we start the job, we have the customer confirm that they are approved for the loan and we do a full assessment of the house. Using a building modeling software program in which all the details of the house, including the shape and design, location and size of windows, square footage, and other contributing factors are inputted we identify areas in which we would need to upgrade the systems to achieve the required 20 to 25 percent energy savings.

A contract is sent to the customer detailing the energy saving upgrades, which may include heating, cooling, water heater and insulation, with a total project cost. Upon receipt of the signed contract from the customer and the initial deposit, the work is started. Completion date of the project is dependent on the scope of work, but it is usually a few days. When all work is complete a final test out is done by our professionals and the final paperwork is submitted to the state to finalize the grant and loan.