Consider an Energy Audit
Posted 09/23/2014 by admin
According to energy.gov home energy audits tend to range from $300-$500, and are sometimes subsidized by local government or utilities. Some contractors will also reduce the cost if you hire them to make the recommended improvements to your home. A thorough audit, that is inside and out, can result in anywhere from 5 to 30 percent savings on your monthly energy bills. Energy tax credits may be available as well for window replacements and other major energy saving enhancements.
A home energy assessment will help determine where you can get the most bang for your buck, but remember it all adds up. A good audit will include a thermographic inspection to reveal where energy in the form of heat is escaping from your home. Your Energy Auditor will check your attic and basement to be sure that there is proper insulation where it counts the most. They will check the efficiency of appliances especially your furnace and water heater, as well as duct work to identify where heat can be lost.
Short of a professional energy audit, there are a number of things you can do. Switch out old incandescent bulb for new longer lasting and more efficient CFL or LED’s. Seal around windows and doors, insulate your water heater and change air conditioner and furnace filters. But before you spend the money to upgrade your furnace, doesn’t it makes sense to find out just where your heat is going? Maybe it’s time you consider an energy audit of your home.