The most direct and inexpensive route for homeowners to take to reduce wasted energy is to have a Home Energy Audit. The primary purpose of a home energy audit is to evaluate the homes energy consumption and make recommendations to eliminate wasted energy and lower monthly energy costs. The following diagram shows areas in the home that an energy audit evaluates:
There are now a very large number of energy tax credits from cities and the federal government which are enabling homeowners to affordably update their homes and reduce their monthly energy costs.
Home Energy Audits Help Reduce Wasted Energy
When you get an energy audit in your home, you are instantly made aware of areas in your home that are wasting energy and provided energy savings alternatives to help you save money. Here is a short list of how a home energy audit can help you.
– Learn How To Read Energy Bills – You can finally understand what your are being charged for and follow your energy savings as you start living more energy efficiently.
– Understand Indoor & Outdoor Lighting – You get the information you need to calculate bulb wattage and understand the costs and benefits associated with changing out your old light bulbs for the new ‘curly’ energy efficient light bulbs.
– Discover Vampire Power – You will learn how your home electronics & major appliances are drawing power even when they are “turned off” and how much that adds up on your energy bills every month
– Easy Water Conservation – You will quickly realize the benefits of adding ‘Low Flow’ shower heads, accurately setting your hot water heater temperature and lots more.
– Heating & Cooling System Savings – Understand how much energy your current HVAC system is using and how much money a new system will save you – including how long it takes to pay off that investment.
If you have five minutes and your last 12 months of utility bills, use the ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick at energystar.gov to compare your home’s energy efficiency to similar homes across the country and get recommendations for energy-saving home improvements. If you don’t have your bills, contact your utility for a 12-month summary.
Hire a Professional Home Energy Auditor
If you are interested in getting specific recommendations for improving the efficiency of your home, consider contacting a professional Home Energy Auditor. Thorough audits often use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.
*Contact Nili for names of Home Energy Auditors