You may have heard about home energy audits before, but maybe you’re not quite sure that you need one. After all, your home is relatively new. It’s pretty comfortable most of the time, and your utility bills aren’t that bad. Maybe you’ve switched out your incandescent light bulbs for CFLs, and upgraded to a low flow showerhead, so figure there’s not much more you can do. According to the Department of Energy, you can save 5.0 – 30.0% on your month energy bill by having an energy audit of your home every few years or after any changes to the envelope of the home.
As you can see, there’s a lot more to home energy than lightbulbs and solar panels, and a home energy audit is the place to begin. Here are five ways that a home energy audit from a certified home energy auditor will likely improve your life — right away.
Prepare for an energy audit.
After you book your appointment to receive your professional energy audit, take a little time to prepare. Jot down a list of problems that you have noticed (ie: drafty rooms, poor air circulation, condensation, door way and window air escape). Providing your auditor with this information will help guide him or her in the assessment. Consider having your electric bills on hand in case you’ve noticed any major fluctuations, so that the auditor can troubleshoot.
Remember that when an auditor comes to your home that they will do an outside-inside assessment of the home. An inspection of the outside of the home is critical to an accurate energy audit. The auditor will determine the size of the home, number of windows and identify any apparent inefficiencies.
Improve your home’s comfort.
Energy savings are one of the primary reasons people sign up for energy audits, but oftentimes they’re actually more excited about the improved comfort once the work is done. Cost savings are good, but there’s something hugely refreshing about walking into a once-cold room for the first time after an energy retrofit and noticing that the drafts are all gone. Having a home energy audit or assessment will provide you with a report of how much energy you consume and how to remedy any issues of energy loss.
Reduce your energy bills.
The amount of money you can save on heating and cooling bills varies from home to home, but it’s typically substantial. Most new homes built to code are grossly inefficient. Insulation is often improperly installed; air leaks around service penetrations, windows and doors are abundant; and leaks in the building envelope often permit uncontrolled moisture to enter the home – causing indoor air quality problems and potential durability risks.
Improve indoor air quality.
According to the EPA, “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.”
Why is this? How can this be? This is because of chemicals from building materials, mold and other toxins caused by uncontrolled moisture, radon, dust, and a variety of other factors; and is compounded by a lack of adequate, controlled ventilation. A comprehensive energy audit takes each of these factors into consideration to ensure that your home is not only energy efficient, but safe. Children, the elderly and those with respiratory issues are most at risk for additional health issues due to poor air quality. Take the next steps to having your home evaluated for safety and energy efficiency!
Increase your home’s resale value.
A home energy audit is the first step toward a more energy efficient home. In an era of turbulent, rising energy prices, homebuyers and real estate professionals are increasingly looking at a home’s operating cost as a point of value when looking at homes. An energy efficient home has lower energy bills than an inefficient, code-built home, making it an attractive option.
Peace of mind.
Do you know how much energy your home is wasting? Are you sure that the air in your home is safe to breathe? Is there radon in your basement? Are air leaks in your ceiling causing moisture to build up and pose a risk of rot and structural damage? During a comprehensive energy audit, you’ll get an answer. Considering that your home is likely the biggest investment you’ll make in your life, it’s worth ensuring that it’s safe and healthy. We can help.
Contact us for more information, or to schedule an energy audit today.