Learn with Karin Haerter, Brooklyn, NY

Learn more about home home performance, energy audits, infrared diagnostic testing, the economics of energy efficiency vs. renewables, and other essential information to start making your house more comfortable (and more affordable) today:

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What's Your Score? Compare your household's energy use to others across the country and get recommendations for improvement using the Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick.
Peak Home Performance Water Conservation Tips

Do's and Don'ts of Water Conservation. Courtesy of NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection.

What's a Whole House Energy Audit? Peak Home Performance, NY

We think it's worth finding out. A home energy audit is one of the first steps to understanding your home's energy usage, as well its overall health and performance. Using a combination of high... Read more

Is Your Home Too Tightly Air-Sealed? Contact Peak Home Performance!

Sometime during your crusade to seal those energy robbing cracks and holes in your home, you're bound to start asking yourself, "Isn't air flow important for a healthy home? Can I take this whole... Read more

Learn about the Importance of Air Sealing with Peak Home Performance

Homes burn through a mortifying 21% of the energy used in the United States. A lot of that energy is spent heating and cooling your house. And even worse, a whole lot of that energy is spent... Read more

Thermal Image Testing with Peak Home Performance

One of the key components of an effective home energy audit is infrared thermography: a special camera takes thermal images that show temperature differences which can reveal hidden airflows.... Read more

What is Home Performance? Peak Home Performance, NY

Home Performance is a building science based approach to evaluating the actual performance of a home as measured by the resulting energy savings, comfort level, and air quality. It aligns with an... Read more

Energy Efficiency with Peak Home Performance, NY

There's understandably a lot of excitement about photovoltaics, solar water heaters, geothermal heat pumps and other sources of renewable energy for the home. We all want to be self-sufficient. It... Read more

What is Home Performance?

When you buy a car, you expect good gas mileage with low upkeep, safe handling, and comfort inside. In other words, respectable performance. Why would you have any other expectations for a house?  The ability of your home to deliver comfort, health, and affordability is what a Home Performance Assessment is all about.  Is the home functioning at its optimum?  Or are there deficiencies and inefficiencies?  An assessment can often determine which cost effective items can improve the performance of your home most!

Check out the Home Performance Assessment page and its Learn page for the issues and how your home can be improved!

Are you new to Home Ownership?

Make sure you look at the suggestions on my Renovations page;  more useful information on my Real Estate Pages; and an excellent read on the Building Science Corporation's website: The Building Science Guide to Home Ownership! See my LINKS page for more.

Of course, feel free to call (718.941.3725) or email me with questions and concerns!

Are you a builder or developer looking to meet new local energy codes or Energy Star?

As an independent third party,  I can provide initial and test-out Blower Door and CAZ testing along with Infrared imagery to help make your project a success. 

Contact me for more information.