Over the last ten years energy providers, particularly electric companies, have been working to educate consumers about their usage. Electricity use is a concept that’s hard to visualize until you get the bill and it’s quantified in dollars and cents. But an energy audit can provide you with a whole lot more detail and a way to bring that monthly bill down by taking some very simple steps. A thorough audit can save you money, and improve the comfort and enjoyment of your home when the cold weather comes.
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. An audit, that is inside and out, can result in5 to 30 percent savings on your monthly energy bills. Tax credits may be available as well for window replacements and other major energy saving enhancements.
Home Energy Audit
A home assessment will help determine where you can get the most bang for your buck. A good audit will include a thermographic inspection to show where heat is escaping from your home. Your 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. Before you spend the money to upgrade your furnace makes sure you know where your heat is going.