Home Energy Audits & Consultations

Welcome to Rick’s Energy Solutions, we provide home energy audits and consultations, proudly serving Santa Rosa California and surrounding areas.

The House as a System

Applying basic building science to the “House as a System” is how we assist you to have the safe, comfortable, resource efficient and durable home you want.  We do this using Home Performance Evaluations, Energy Conservation Analysis, GreenPoint Rating, and HERS Field Diagnostic Testing services for your Home Energy Audit in California.

The Whole House Home Energy Audit (HERS II)

Sonoma County Energy Independence Program staff recommend that all property owners planning to use SCEIP financing for renewable energy or energy efficiency upgrade projects first obtain a Whole House Home Energy Audit by a HERS rater to determine the best opportunities for energy efficiency and water conservation upgrades.  Rick’s Energy Solutions is trained, experienced and ready to provide Whole House Home Energy Rating services to you for your SCEIP loan application.

The GreenPoint Rating and CALGreen Checklist for Building Plans

Green building has become main stream in most of the communities in Marin, Sonoma and other San Francisco Bay Area Counties.  In these communities building permit applicants must submit GreenPoint Rating or CALGreen Checklists on their building plans demonstrating that their building will be built to exceed minimum building code standards for energy conservation, water conservation, indoor air quality, resource conservation and building durability.  Rick’s Energy Solutions will review your plans, prepare the documents and verify in the field that you are complying with either or both of these requirements.

Qualifying for Available Tax Credits, New Solar Homes Partnership and California Advanced Homes Incentives

Utility rebates, income tax credits, Energy Star labels, energy conservation forms for building permits, CAHP or NSHP incentive or rebate applications and green building applications all require complex and unfriendly documentation to be submitted by the applicants. Rick’s Energy Solutions specializes in the preparation of building and home energy analysis documents to be used to determine eligibility for these incentive programs.  We also prepare for you the GreenPoint Rated documentation required for an application to Build It Green or to your local building department when required for your permit. Let us take care of your home energy efficiency and green building documentation needs.

Qualifying Experience

Thirty five years experience in the construction industry in a variety of positions makes our principal, Rick Cowperthwaite very well suited to advise you how to reduce your energy costs and improve the comfort and environmental qualities of your home or small office building.  The North Bay and San Francisco Bay Area Regions of Northern California including Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Mendocino and Lake Counties are all within our service area.


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Rick's Energy Solutions is a BBB Accredited Energy Management & Conservation Consultant in Santa Rosa, CA