Posted April 09, 2014 by Gabriel Posternak

The Importance of Energy Audits

Every homeowner should have an energy audit performed on their property. It is a smart and important way to save money by helping to ensure your home is energy efficient.

What is an energy audit?

An energy audit is an assessment of how energy efficient your home or building is, and what repairs or updates are needed to make that structure more energy efficient. An energy audit can be conducted by a public utilities professional, or by an independent contractor experienced in doing energy specific inspections. You can also potentially conduct an energy audit yourself.

How do I conduct an energy audit?

Although hiring a professional is best to get the most accurate results, you can conduct your own home energy audit. You will need to be very thorough, making note of each and everything you find and what repairs you make is imperative. Consider making a checklist ahead of time to make sure you do not overlook any important areas of your home.

To conduct the investigation, you will need to inspect your home for any air leaks. The best way to do this is to close all windows and doors tightly and turn on exhaust and ceiling fans inside your home to draw in air. Either with your hands, or with the smoke from an incense stick, go over every inch of your home to check for air leaks. Anywhere you see a break or bend in the wall is a potential weakness for air leaks to occur. Be sure to make note of any drafts you find, and mark them to be repaired.

Every inch of your home, inside and outside will need to be examined thoroughly to determine how much energy loss is occurring and how best to fix any problems.

Areas that need special attention:

  • Insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Plumbing
  • Lighting Fixtures
  • Corners
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Air Ducks
  • Vents
  • Outlets
  • Switches
  • Heating and Cooling Equipment
  • Roofing
  • Appliances and Electronics

Conducting an energy audit yourself is a huge task to undertake and you don’t want to miss anything that could potentially save you money. It might be worth hiring a professional that has knowledge and experience to make sure that nothing is missed.

To repair some of the problems might be as easy as applying weather stripping or caulking around weak areas. Other issues, such as problems with your heating and cooling equipment or roofing mishaps, might be best left to professionals. The amount of money you can potentially save is worth what a professional might cost.

Why is it important to get an energy audit?

An energy audit can help you to save money by pointing out areas of weakness and showing you how to best increase the energy efficiency of your home. You could potentially save hundreds of dollars a year by making energy efficient repairs to your home.

Energy audits are a smart and important part of being a home owner. By completing a thorough investigation and making repairs, you can save yourself a lot of money and make your home more energy efficient.

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