What Is An Energy Audit?

A home energy audit is an energy report card for your home. The report outlines how well your home is operating, pinpoints where your house is losing energy, and provides you options to correct it. The energy audit also assesses air quality issues that might exist in your home. The energy audit involves four main parts:

  1. Interviewing the home owner, performing physical inspections and collecting data through imaging, testing, and sensor recordings.
  2. Analyzing the collected data for problem areas and trending.
  3. Performing energy cost analysis.
  4. Providing the home owner with a comprehensive report with recommendations to be reviewed in person at the owner’s convenience.

    Thermal imaging technology is used to show areas in your home that leaking heat. The blue area shown is 69.7 degrees while the red areas are 80+ degrees. Images like this help you pinpoint where insulation is needed.

Things You Can Do Prior To An Energy Audit.

1) How’s your furnace? Is it running longer? Does it still operate like it once did? While it is possible the air filter is dirty, the furnace may require maintenance as components operate less effectively over time; or perhaps, the system has reached end of life (EOL).

2) How’s your hot water tank running? Does it seem like the hot water doesn’t last as long? Perhaps, your heating coils or the electrical components have reached their EOL. Is your tank exposed to cooler temperatures without a energy blanket? Are your exposed hot water lines insulated?

3) How’s your comfort? Do you feel drafts? Perhaps, there are leaks in the air ducts, wall outlets, doors or windows. There are various products at your home improvement store that may assist you seal those drafts.

4) How’s your attic or crawl space? Could your heating and cooling air be leaking into these areas exposed to outside air? How’s your air quality? Could the attic and crawl space be leaking unhealthy air into your living space?

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