Real estate agents, home builders, and contractors can all provide useful information to homeowners and home shoppers, but this information can be biased. As an independent home inspector and energy auditor, our loyalty is to our customers. Our owner, Mike Carson, is a Building Performance Institute-certified professional with years of experience and training.

This blog was created to help inform our Marathon County, Wisconsin customers about saving money on utility bills, taking advantage of new home warranties, preventing home moisture issues, and boosting home safety.

Want to learn more about our home inspections and energy audits? Call Inspect It Right Home Inspections today to get started.

March 17, 2014

Ever wonder where our country's energy comes from and goes to? This fascinating map from the Lawrence Livermore Labratory shows in simple graphic terms where we generate energy and how much of it goes to various sectors. One of the fascinating aspects of this is everything you see in gray--"Rejected Energy." What this really means is waste. Particularly in electricity, as much as 2/3 of all the energy created is lost during transmission and via other means before it actually does any work. All the more reason to generate your electricity right at home on your roof. 

February 13, 2013

At EnergyCircle we're repeatedly extolling the virtues of LED lighting. Eons more efficient than anything else on the market, it looks good, and is what everyone will be doing. There is still a lot of uncertainty regarding what's

March 2, 2012

What got me going on making changes to my house was last year's oil prices. I had this terrible sense of insecurity when prices shot up, and I was dependent upon oil for heat. For me, homeland security is a big pile of wood in the back. I looked into the most likely culprits for heat loss, and had a professional energy audit done. Some of what I undertook to do after the audit was small. We learned that we had pretty useless fiberglass insulation in our roof and knee-walls. I hired my kids to pull it all out and stuff it in bags, and we had cellulose blown in.

February 16, 2012

Halloween is fast approaching, and today, as we continue in our quest to seek and destroy all the vampires in the house, we move on to the kitchen.

Although now particularly well known for its harboring of vampire energy sources, the kitchen does in fact have some standby power sources lurking inconspicuously.

October 26, 2014

Good synopsis of what to expect during a home energy assessment. You may also qualify for incentives ranging from $850.00-$2250.00 from the Home Performance with Energy Star(r) program. And, depending on your utility company, there may be additional rewards from the utility company. To find out more give me a call 715-212-4051.

July 9, 2012

Did you know that there are a number of energy efficiency incentives available in our state -- whether through utilities, municipalities or state agencies? Buying

May 30, 2014

Selling a home can be both a rewarding and challenging experience. From finding a Realtor® to marketing and finally getting an accepted offer. Now comes the inspections and appraisal process. Speaking as a home inspector, one part of the process that seems to have the most questions, and confusion, is pertaining to the buyers that have an FHA loan. What is the process that an appraiser uses to look at our home? What systems are they looking at? And the most common question, what are the guidelines when it comes to chipping and peeling paint?

October 14, 2013

A comprehensive home inspection or Home Energy

October 11, 2013

Focus on Energy has incentives for customers who want to weatherize their home. Focus on Energy offers, for qualifying customers, 33% off the insulation bill up to $1500.00. There is an opportunity to qualify for an additional $700.00 in performance bonuses.

October 3, 2012

The attic is probably the most lonely place in the whole house and if you are like me the only time you look up there is when you see a moisture stain on the ceiling or water dripping on your head. Lifting the attic hatch or removing an access panel to take a look in the attic can help you see potential problems before they become expensive or dangerous.

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  • J. Thompson

    Thanks Mike!  We have our house going back up for sale and all the work you did really helps.  We sent our Realtor the performance report and the before and after FLIR images and he seemed really interested. 

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