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Energy Audits

Do You Have Energy Leaks?

energy auditA home energy checkup helps owners determine where their house is losing energy and money - and how such problems can be corrected to make the home more energy efficient. A professional technician -- often called an energy auditor -- can give your home a checkup. Items shown here include checking for leaks, examining insulation, inspecting the furnace and ductwork, performing a blower door test and using an infrared camera. Contact us to learn more about a professional home energy audit.

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.

Home heating and cooling account for about 48 percent of the average utility bill. As the weather gets cooler, it’s important to weatherize your home in order to save money while staying cozy. And while we have lots of great tips for saving on heating and cooling, we know there are always more questions to be answered.

Hot water has become essential to our daily lives -- from washing hands to cleaning dishes to showering -- and quickly adds up to higher energy bills. It comes as no surprise that water heaters account for nearly 17 percent of a home’s energy use, consuming more energy than all other household appliances combined.

The single biggest thing a typical homeowner can do to lower energy bills depends on the characteristics of the home and the occupants, the home’s climate and the homeowner’s budget. Where you live and how you live will impact what consumes the most energy in your home and where the biggest opportunities for savings are.

However in most homes, your heating, ventilation and/or air-conditioning equipment (HVAC) are likely to consume the most energy -- accounting for 48 percent of the average home’s energy use -- and homeowners should focus on measures that reduce the home’s heating and cooling loads to get the most bang for your buck in terms of energy investments.

The lowest cost way to reduce heating and cooling costs is to install a programmable thermostat and set it to adjust the thermostat setting higher in the summer and lower in the winter when the home is unoccupied. If you are willing to make a modest investment in your home’s energy performance, air sealing and insulating your home and ducts (if outside the conditioned space) can reduce space heating loads by up to 10 percent on average. In addition to saving energy, air sealing and insulating your home can make your home more comfortable by reducing drafts and allowing for more consistent room-to-room temperature distributions.