My name is Ted Kidd. My goal is to help transform Home Performance from a product to a consultative service so it can scale, and be worthy of the nickname given me by the Rochester Democrat & Chronical columnist Anne Peterson of Energy Guru.
By reducing my clients energy use by 30-70% while at the
same time improving the comfort and value of their homes, I've learned when you deliver on promise and on budget people are surprised and satisfied. Home Performance currently does neither, and that needs to change for the vision of market transformation to be realized.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY SPECIALISTS: Currently we find ourselves being hired as advocate and quality control support to homeowners interested in comprehensive retrofit improvements. We are also providing audit process, sales process, modeling process, and improvement design process consulting services to companies attempting to make the jump from product oriented sales to consultative design oriented sales.
BACKGROUND: I was raised in a family with 7 children. Being wasteful was
frowned upon when there was barely enough to go around already. I wish this was
a more pervasive attitude in society today as we need to forestall reaching "peak oil".
In College I studied Economics and have spent the last 20 years
involved in financial planning, real estate management, and helping small businesses
set up and manage accounting systems and cash flow.
Financial efficiency and energy efficiency are very similar. I
firmly feel that money spent on energy, while a necessary evil, is for the most
part money wasted. If that money can be redirected to something tangible and
lasting, isn't that a better use of resources?
In 2007 Mike Jag of Jag Construction (BPI Accredited Contractor)
suggested I look into the Building Performance Institute (BPI) courses.
Intrigued, I decided to take the entry class in Syracuse. I found the class
took so many "rules of thumb" that I'd heard for years and turned
them on their ears that I had to take more. From January to May 2008 I attended
4 NYSERDA "Home Performance with Energy Star" sponsored BPI (Building
Performance Institute) training classes. I also obtained the EPA 608
refrigerant certification required to enroll in the Heat Pump class.
After taking these classes it became a priority to finish
insulating my house. Given what I'd learned about moisture, air movement and
condensation, I was very reluctant to have someone simply blow shredded paper
into the empty cavities in my leaky old home. So in the spring of 2008 I
contacted AirKrete inventor Keene Christopher to find out about having my house
insulated with his cementious foam. He referred me to Halco. Once Hal Smith
heard about the BPI training I'd taken he invited me to work in his family
I have since left Halco. In 2010 I co-founded a partnership called Energy
Efficiency Specialists, which became BPI Accredited and a Home
Performance with Energy Star Partner in February 2011.
How can I be of service to you?
I help open doors to financial incentives. We work with other BPI Certified energy auditors and in NY, HPwES Accredited contractors. This opens
the door to the "free/reduced cost audit", 3.49% unsecured financing, On Bill Recovery Financing, and 10% to 50% outright incentives for utilizing the NY Get Energy Smart
scientific approach to improving energy efficiency.
I'm passionate about energy efficiency and the environment. I've always been keenly interested in
financial efficiency. This translates more directly to energy efficiency as
resources become increasingly scarce, and as obtaining those resources becomes
more conflict ridden. Plentiful alternatives may be "around the corner"..., but in the meantime you can save a
lot of money and be less wasteful.
Most homeowners single largest asset is their home, yet too seldom
are large improvement decisions assisted by really good cost benefit analysis.
Whole House Diagnostics and the power of computer modelling provide the tools.
A small investment of time and energy up front can mean huge returns in energy
savings, noise, comfort, health and improved durability. For most homeowners
the key is knowing that the opportunity exists.
I have hands on experience. I've done a lot of work on my own circa 1905 home, which is
in the historic Park Avenue neighborhood of Rochester. I have first hand
knowledge of the impact that good insulation and equipment improvements have on
energy costs. My energy consumption is ¼ therm and 3 kilowatt hours per square
foot per year -- that's about 50 cents per
square foot in annual energy use. Compare that to the average inefficient home which may use $1 to
$2 per square foot, that's pretty significant savings. It won't put your kid
through school, but it might buy them the used car to get there.
I have cutting edge knowledge of current building science and best
practices. In 2008 I
completed NYSERDA "Home Performance with Get Energy Smart" sponsored
Building Performance Institute (BPI) training:
- Building Analyst - 36 hours -
- Envelope Training - 30 hours -
- Heating Professional - 30 hours
- April 2008
- EPA Clean Air Section 608
UNIVERSAL - May 2008
- Cooling Professional Training -
16 hours - May 2008
ENERGY EFFICIENCY SPECIALISTS, LLC.
We are a solutions-oriented energy audit and solutions design
company. Our goal is to build a
reputation for providing amazingly cost effective solutions, not simply selling
Too often people purchase savings products hoping for energy
savings solutions and are disappointed. This is a failure of design, not
product. Quick fixes are generally not good, and good fixes are generally not
quick. Without an audit and thoughtful design, huge opportunities are missed.
Success rests on the energy audit and quality retrofit design, which takes talk
time and think time.
Energy Efficiency Specialists mission is to provide the highest
quality audits and design,
we partner with other BPI Accredited/Home Performance Contractors to deliver
quality installation and insure our design meets or exceeds our model results.
Products we use to facilitate solutions include:
- Open and Closed Cell Urethane
- AirKrete Cementious
- Windows and Doors
- Energy Recovery Ventilation
- Furnaces, Air Source Heat Pumps
- Geothermal or Ground Source
Heating and Cooling
- High Efficiency Hot Water
- Wind, Solar Photo-voltaic, and
We are proud to specify/facilitate install of Carrier, American
Standard, Mitsubishi, Fujitsu, and Goodman HVAC Equipment, Navien, Triangle
Tube and Viessmann boilers, and many other highly respected quality products.
Please feel free to call or e-mail me at any time.