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WHAT IS AN ENERGY AUDIT?
An energy audit is the first step to assess how much energy your home or business consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take your home or business more energy efficient, by performing a room by room examination of a structure as well as a thorough examination of past utility bills.
An audit will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time. During the audit, you can pinpoint where you are losing energy.
We use a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of a structure. Thorough audits often use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.
PREPARING FOR AN ENERGY AUDIT
Before the energy auditor visits your house or office make a list of any existing problems such as condensation and uncomfortable or drafty rooms. Have copies or a summary of your yearly energy bills. (Your utility can get these for you.) Auditors use this information to establish what to look for during the audit. The auditor first examines the outside of the home or office to determine the size of the structure and its features (i.e., wall area, number and size of windows). The auditor then will analyze the occupants behavior.
Is anyone home during working hours?What is the average thermostat setting for summer and winter?How many people live or work here?Is every room in use?
Your answers may help uncover some simple ways to reduce your home or office energy consumption. Be sure to walk through with the auditor as they work, and ask questions.
WHEN SHOULD YOU HAVE A HOME ENERGY AUDIT PERFORMED?
Here are the Top Ten Reasons that every homeowner should keep in mind:
When should you have a home energy audit performed?Before you sell your homeBefore you buy a homeBefore installing solar or renewable energy systemsBefore replacing your heating or AC systemBefore you renovate your home
Why a home energy audit?In order to increase your home’s valueTo lower utility bills for the life of your homeIf your home has comfort issuesIf there are ventilation or health problemsIf you wish to improve the environment
Let Residential Energy Auditors guide you toward optimizing your homes energy issues should any of these situations apply to you. Contact Us