How about adding a tankless water heater option, more than one HVAC system, encapsulated crawlspace, single wood windows with storm windows as options? I want to like this, but its limited options make it weak.
The report tells me to switch to a gas dryer, the cost of the upgrade is $160. Show me where I can change out an electric dryer to a gas one for $160.
It also wants me to upgrade the r-3 in my walls to r-11 and a continuous R-5 exterior foam at a cost of $1700. Again, totally unrealistic cost.
Also, I never use ROI or payback period with my clients. When you make an improvement, whatever it is, your cash flow will improve, that sells jobs. You give me $20 a month and I give you $50.
I’ll check the upgrade recommendations and costs, however, these estimates are based upon the U.S. Dept of Energy’s Berkeley Labs estimates, and research and data are showing credible results with the cost estimates and savings.
In relation to the upgrades, the $160 is the cost of the upgrade in addition to the cost of the appliance. The point is that for only a little more money, a homeowner could purchase an energy-efficient appliance over a standard, inefficient one.
And the report mainly speaks to prospective homeowners, not existing ones. So the report provides information that a home inspector would provide, and not what a contractor would need to communicate to clients.