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National Energy Audits
National Energy Audits Weatherization Woburn, Massachusetts
31st of Mar, 2011 by User799505
This company comes into your house, claims to do an energy audit even though they rarely run a blower door, thermal imaging, or any of the combustion tests. On top of that the "certified" energy auditor doesn't actually know anything about home construction. If you ask some basic questions they won't have answers because they know nothing about the workings of a house. They suggest work that will run from $2,000 - $6,000 and claim it will save you a percentage of energy which it won't. They're betting that most home owners won't keep track of their energy consumption after the work is completed. The crew that is sent to the house is typically very rag tag, under equipped, under trained, definitely not certified in anything. If your lucky they'll complete most of the work in your home (Hiding what they were too lazy to do) and not break anything. This entire invasion of your privacy is just to bleed people dry under the guise of home weatherization.
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3472 days ago by Barry Larkin
National Energy Audits and United States Energy Efficiency Council (USEEC) are scam artists trying to capitalize on the "green revolution." The USEEC organization will telemarket you stating that they are funded by the Federal government to set up energy audits in your area. The only company they "refer" is National Energy Audits. Because USEEC is the same company as National Energy Audits. National Energy Audits has no certifications to perform energy audits. They are not a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified company, they perform NO tests on your home. And they do not belong to any state or utility rebate programs because of their lack of certifications. They only do a walk-through by a sales guy, no blower door test on the initial visit and if you decide to do any work with these scam artists they do not perform a blower door test after the work is complete. They do not measure any results of their "work" in any way. Do not accept any appointments with USEEC (United States Energy Efficiency Council), do not accept an audit from National Energy Audits, and do not believe the National Home Energy Efficiency Program (NHEEP) rebates, as they are only a front completely invented by National Energy Audits to sell you some caulk, insulation, and poor performing windows. National Energy Audits, USEEC and their NHEEP "rebates" are all a scam to take advantage of well-meaning homeowners in New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey.
3294 days ago by Marcos
NCOMPETENT AUDITORS AND EVEN MORE INCOMPETENT INSTALLERS!!! The United States Energy Efficieny Council called me (which i have uncovered to be a complete SCAM that works for National Energy Audits) and said they were in my area doing audits. The normal price is $249 for the National Energy Audits but through them the price was $49. I said can you do better and they instantly dropped the price to $29. SO for $29 i said sure, come on down. Well i had an auditor who i wont name and i am very sad to learn that he was suppose to do a blower door test and a combustion test. My wife was home alone for this audit and the auditor took advantage and did not perform any tests. He sold her on some solutions. It turns out they sealed off our laundry vent and this posed a HUGE hazard. I dont know why the auditor recommended this and i am more shocked that the so called carpenters this company uses would even install this application. I have learned that they have done this to many homes in Princeton, NJ. We were not the only ones. I wonder why they were kicked out of the States Rebate program. Which is why they now offer their own "NHEEP" rebate. They basically increase the price and than give it back to you in a rebate. WHAT A SCAM. I wish my wife would have waited for me to come home from my business trip to schedule the work so i could have done my homework. Well it has been several months now and I am also seeing absolutely no savings. I hope this company is around in 3 years so i can see if they will honor their guarantee of a refund if i dont get the savings. Since the work was done, i called in a second Energy Auditing company and it turns out that National Energy Audits uses the cheapest kind of spray foam. It is not a 2 part closed cell foam. Its the kind in 1 tank. If these guys show up to spray foam your house, make sure the tanks are a set of two going into hoses into a gun. If not, its not a 2 part closed cell foam. I could have gone to Home Depot and bought great stuff for $3 a can and done the work myself. I am very dissapointed and I am also filing a complaint with the Attorney General. Please do your homework before you allow National Energy Audits into your home
3278 days ago by Cjr
These guys gave us a $2, 000 estimate to put in 2" foam board and a few other things. I was not impressed with the salesman, seeing him as high pressure in the extreme. Sign today! The price goes up 25% tomorrow! The tax credits go away at the end of the month! Etc. Also, I didn't really trust what he was proposing.
So we did two things: We went to see a neighbor's house, where we learned that their house was also scheduled to be outfitted with the foam board, but when the workers arrived, they spray foamed the spaces instead. There were a couple of other things that seemed strange.
Second, we called in a legitimate local insulation company person (who, incidentally, does these audits for free, since he expects they will lead to business) to look at the proposal and to see what his company would propose. When he saw the 'proposal' from NEA, he actually laughed, saying it was very scammy and he couldn't imagine how the price added up to $4, 000. Then, he saw the sales pitch of the NEA guys...because of so many different credits, the price really would be only $2, 000.
Sadly, I couldn't convince my wife not to set up a tentative appointment with NEA, and she gave the salesman her credit card number for the $29 'audit fee' and for 10% downpayment on the $2000 job. The latter would be refundable if we decided against going ahead. After the real insulation person gave us his opinion, she called the NEA person to cancel the appointment and ask for a refund. We'll see how that goes.
This stuff is very upsetting: it takes advantage of people with little knowledge of insulation issues and invades the trust of neighbors. The first neighbor who used this company sent out a group email recommending NEA without really knowing anything about them, even though they did work at their house, and without telling the neighbors of NEA's $100 referral program..so if a neighbor had work done, the referral person got $100. Nice work for making a telephone call to a salesman! Unfortunately, the consequences are a lot worse than sending out a virus infected email.
Please do your homework! Don't let these guys in your house.
3226 days ago by CrazyCaique
They installed a thing Eshield Multi-layer Thermal Insulation in our home last June. Now it is January and we have water spots coming through on the ceiling of our second floor from the attic. Turns out this fancy new product trapped / moisture/water in the old insulation and it is seeping down into our ceiling. We are now worried about mold. . .we will see they remedy the situation.

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