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Is A Home Energy Audit Worth It?

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A home energy audit, also called a home energy assessment, is a physical inspection and analysis of the home used to determine how much energy it consumes and evaluate what measures can be taken to make the home more energy efficient, comfortable, and safe. Home energy audits cost between $300 and $500, and are a first step toward determining where to focus energy enhancing upgrades to ensure the biggest impact on energy efficiency and savings.

The Department of Energy estimates that homeowners can save anywhere between 5% and 30% on their energy bill by making efficiency upgrades identified in a home energy audit. Over time, that can make up a significant savings. Additionally, efficiency upgrades can make a home more comfortable, providing a more consistent and effective energy expenditure by eliminating energy waste and loss.

Home Energy Audit

Energy auditors follow a number of steps when conducting their assessment. Typically, the home energy audit begins with an analysis of the past year’s fuel bills to determine base energy consumption. The auditor will also interview the homeowner to learn about problems, how the home operates, occupancy, and other factors that relate to energy consumption. Physical inspections of the home’s exterior and interior are conducted along with a health and safety inspection, an electrical system inspection, and a combustion appliance inspection (for example, hot water heaters, furnaces, and heater systems). The auditor may also conduct tests such as a blower door test and temperature test using an infrared camera to identify energy inefficiencies like hot spots or cold spots.

After a thorough inspection and assessment, the auditor will document their findings and identify improvements that can be made to make the home more energy efficient. Information on how and where energy is leaking from the home, whether through cracks, around windows, doors, outlets, and lighting fixtures, or through insufficient or lacking insulation, is outlined and defined for the homeowner. Further, the home energy audit assessment identifies which upgrades will have the most impact, taking the guesswork out of what should be done first to make the home more energy efficient.

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Home energy audits are a valuable asset to the homeowner who may be spending too much on their energy bills due to unaccounted for energy waste. The information and guidance from an audit will provide the direction to the homeowner on where best to make adjustments and improvements in order to gain greater energy efficiency and save money on their monthly energy costs.

For more information on home energy audits, call Apple Aire at (303) 733-2813.

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