Do you know how much energy your home is using and loosing? The US Department of Energy reports that space heating is the largest energy expense in the average American home. They also recommend improving the efficiency of your home before updating a heating system, which will allow you to purchase a smaller unit, saving money on the upgrade and operating costs.
The good news is, learning about your home’s energy profile may be easier than you think. You can elect to have a Home Energy Audit performed to gain a clearer picture.
A home energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. An assessment will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time.
A professional technician, often called an energy auditor, can give your home a checkup. They generally go into great detail to assess your home's energy use. The audit they perform will include a room-by-room examination of the residence checking for leaks, examining insulation, inspecting the furnace and ductwork, performing a blower door test, and using an infrared camera.
It is estimated that you can save 5% - 30% on your energy bills by making efficiency upgrades recommended by a home energy audit. That can equal significant savings over time. If you’ve been looking for ways to spend less money, this may be one area to consider that isn’t so obvious.