Home Energy Audits:

FREE ENERGY AUDIT:  We offer free energy audits in Montana.  This service typically includes a walk-through and inspection of the whole house with an emphasis on insulation levels and air leakage.  The walk through will also discuss lighting, heating and equipment issues.  We measure the house and then look at your monthly and annual utility bills.  Based on this information, we will identify the most critical energy issues in your house and then offer suggestions for cost effective solutions.  We do charge a travel fee for locations further than 50 miles from Livingston. 

UTILITY AUDITS:  Most Montana utilities, including Northwestern Energy also offer no-cost energy audits.  We highly recommend that you schedule a utility audit because they provide a  blower door test which provides useful information on sealing your building.  The utility auditors also perform a safety check on heating systems.  We do not find that utility audits adequately address building flaws or recommend the appropriate level of insulation for Montana climates. 

FULL ENERGY AUDITS:  If you are serious about investing in energy saving, or are considering an addition/remodeling project, we also provide a full scale energy audit service.   We probe and test and measure your house, then run a variety of computer programs to quantify the performance of your house.  We describe and evaluate a broad range of possible solutions and evaluate the economic benefits of each measure.

Chinese style Solar Greenhouse

 Imagine, as a market gardener, growing fresh, organic food all year in Montana without any fossil fuels. Tomatoes into November and December, new greens starting in February. These off season crops offer higher profit margins because the alternative for consumers is the tired produce in the grocery stores.

The Chinese started developing solar greenhouses in the 1970's and now have over 3 million acres of them.  Their mature design grows vegetables year-round and is energy self sufficient up to the 42nd parallel.

We are currently working with a Montana market gardener to build a commercial solar greenhouse next year. Our goals are to use the Chinese model and proportions but adapt to our local materials and building practices.  We know that the building will have to perform well, but also be inexpensive enough to make the economics work.

Please call or write if you have interest in a similar project.

 

 

 

Contact

Jim Baerg Montana Energy+Design
223 S. 5th St.
Livingston, MT 59047
406-220-1498 jlbaerg@gmail.com