An energy audit doesn’t directly improve the energy efficiency of your home. Rather, it helps you identify areas where you're wasting energy. Once the inefficient areas are clear, you can figure out how to fix it. The energy audit can get that ball rolling.
A professional technician can conduct an energy audit, or you can do a simple audit on your own. If you hire an energy consultant, there will likely be a charge for the service. However, a representative from your utility company will often do the audit for free.
If you do an audit yourself, you'll start with online research about the average energy cost for a home. You can use Energy Star’s Home Energy Yardstick to look at your energy bills for the past year. From there, you can see how your home uses energy compared to similar homes in the area. You’ll also compare the different ways you can heat or cool your home. Based on current market prices, you can see which methods are the most cost-effective.
Additionally, you can look for ways to reduce your home’s energy usage. For example, lowering the thermostat in the winter, unplugging electronics when they’re not in use, using a fan instead of an air conditioner, or installing weather stripping are all great ways to reduce energy use.
Using a professional for an energy audit will accomplish the same basic things as if you did it yourself, but the tests will be more extensive. For instance, a professional energy auditor may install blower doors and view your home with infrared to see where more insulation would help or where the air is leaking through seals in your doors and windows.
If you would like to improve the energy efficiency of your home and need help with an energy audit, call our Climate Control team at (864) 269-5576.Back to Posts