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Energy Audit – Do It Yourself with These Easy Tips

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An Energy Audit? Oh no!

Don’t worry.  Unlike the potentially unpleasant results of other types of audits, energy audits are a positive thing.  They offer the opportunity for you and your family to take stock of the energy flow in your household.  You might be surprised at how much energy is being wasted on a daily basis.  A few simple tweaks to the inner workings of your home, or energy consumption habits, and this year’s audit may wind up saving you lots of money.

What Is An Energy Audit?

It can also be referred to as a Home Energy Assessment.  It is an objective review of your home’s structure, as well as your family’s energy usage, to evaluate where modifications can be made to save money on your utility bills and conserve valuable energy.

Won’t Those Modifications Cost Me Money?

Yes and no.  Sometimes a modification can cost money, but usually a homeowner will find that the modification pays itself back in a relatively short amount of time.  After that, the modification is saving you money.  Other modifications, such as re-evaluating thermostat settings, or using existing window covers to minimize heating and/or cooling loss, do not cost you a penny. In fact, they end up making you money in terms of savings.

Am I Going To Have To Hire A Professional?

Nope. The good news is that an energy audit can easily be done by yourself. However, if you are interested in a detailed audit, you can hire a professional energy auditor to do it for you.  They have high-tech instruments and the know-how to locate things you might miss on your own, and can provide you with a detailed modification plan.  But here are some ways to do-it-yourself.

First, grab a note pad and a piece of paper, and let’s take a tour of your house:

Check the Insulation:  Take a good look up in your attic, wall spaces, or basement.  Do you have insulation? Does it look sufficient or do you see gaps?  Does it cover the entire attic floor space? Is the R-rating appropriate for your climate? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you have just found a great way to conserve energy and protect your heating and cooling costs.

Are your HVAC system and household appliances maintained regularly? Check the owner’s manuals for their recommendations. Normally, an HVAC system should be maintained at least once a year to keep it running optimally and decrease overall operating costs. Also, make sure to buy Energy Star products when replacing old appliances.

Check for air leaks.  Check for leaks around exterior windows, doors, electrical outlets, light switches, light and plumbing fixtures, and even your ceiling. Make sure your fireplace dampers are closed. Sealing air leaks will instantly maintain your house at comfortable temperatures without wasting energy.

Turn off the lights.  Sometimes the best advice is the simplest. Dimmer switches, motion sensors and/or timers are easy and affordable to install.

I Have Finished The Energy Audit. Now What?

Evaluate the changes you need to make according to your budget. Free modifications can be done right away.  Then you can move to the modifications you need to pay for.  The modifications you make should depend on how long you plan to remain in your home. Tackle smaller projects weekly or monthly, depending on your budget.  Larger modifications will be worth it over time, or possibly in the resale value of your home. Taking the time to perform an energy audit will help you seal the leaks from your home, as well as from your utility bills.

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