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Everything You Wanted To Know About Energy Audits

A home energy audit is the first step in finding out how much money you stand to save by going solar. This professional assessment will identify areas of your home in need of renovation to prevent energy loss. You’ll also learn whether your systems are efficient and how much money you can save over time with upgrades. Energy audits professionals use infrared cameras, furnace efficiency meters, surface thermometers and thermographic scanners, just to name a few of the highly specialized tools of the trade.

 

 

How To Prepare For Energy Audits

Before the energy auditor arrives, be sure to compile a list of any suspected problems your home may have.

  • Are there any leaks?
  • Is there condensation in any of the rooms?
  • Do you have a draft in a particular area?

You’ll also want to assemble a year’s worth of energy bills. (Your utility company can send this to you.)

Be prepared to answer a few questions regarding your household’s energy consumption, such as:

  • How many people live here?
  • Is anyone home during the day?
  • Are any of the rooms unused?
  • What do you set your thermostat to in the summer and the winter?

The more a home energy audits professional knows about your habits and energy needs, the easier it will be to come to a realistic calculation of how much your household can save by making certain upgrades.

How To Find Reputable Contractors Who Conduct Energy Audits

Before hiring someone who does energy audits, be sure you’ve:

  • Look up home energy specialists recommended by Energy Star so you know they’re credentialed.
  • Check the Better Business Bureau for their rating and any complaints lodged against the company.
  • Call several local references provided to you by the company to see if they were satisfied with the job.

What Areas Do Energy Audits Cover?

The home energy audits technician will look at:

  • Walls, Joints, Eaves
  • The Attic
  • Insulation
  • Electrical Line Holes
  • Furnace & Air Filter
  • Water Heater
  • Ducts
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Lighting Fixtures
  • Light Bulbs
  • Appliances

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