What is an Energy Audit and Why Should You Have One Done?
Whether you have recently purchased a new green home or are settling in for a long winter’s nap in your older home, going green is always something to consider. Perhaps you have incorporated some green technology into a remodel or new project in your older home. If not, have no fear, you can always perform what is known as an energy audit.
Energy audits are quite popular these days, with the biggest appeal for the consumer being that of saving money. Energy audits benefit homeowners in many ways.
What is an Energy Audit?
First, let’s take a look at what an energy audit is. An energy audit is just like any other audit in that it is an evaluation of how or whether something is working or not and what can be done to improve those numbers.
An energy audit evaluates the energy consumption of an individual’s home and comes up with solutions where energy is being significantly wasted as well as minor changes to improve what is working at the moment.
By assessing energy and its efficiency in your home, you can then go on from there to improve that same efficiency, especially in areas that are lacking.
How an Energy Audit is Performed
There are two ways to perform an energy audit. One is to do it yourself and the other is to hire a professional company. Either way, the basics are just about the same; however, with a professional company you will get a more thorough and professional evaluation than you could probably do on your own.
There are several things examined when it comes to doing an energy audit.
The air coming inside and exiting your home will be evaluated. There are drafts around doors and windows that you can address in order to seal up costly leaks. Air conditioning units and heating systems should be evaluated every year by a professional to see to it that your units are working properly, efficiently, and most of all safely.
A little weather stripping and some caulking can go a long way in alleviating costly air leaks.
Appliances and Electronics
In an energy audit, one of the more obvious and costly things to look at is your electronic and appliance situation. If you have many electronics plugged in, you may wish to consider something as simple as unplugging something that is not in use or using a power strip. When it comes to appliances, make certain to purchase energy star rated and efficient appliances, so that you will save money in the end.
Lighting and Insulation
Check to see if the pipes in your home are properly insulated. This will avoid costly leaks and more importantly, costly repairs if they should burst. Insulated pipes are always better than exposed pipes.
When it comes to lighting, you can save a significant amount of money simply by switching to LED bulbs.
So, there you have it, a few great ways to do an energy audit in your home and why it would benefit you.