Is your house performing to its energy potential? The best way to find out is with an energy audit. An energy audit is a thorough examination of how your home uses energy. Whether you do it yourself or hire a contractor, an energy audit can tell where your home is performing well and where it needs to improve when it comes to energy efficiency.
With an energy audit you’ll find out how well your heating and cooling systems are working, whether you have the optimum amount of insulation and what actions you can take to save money and conserve electricity. Depending on where you live there may be low-cost energy audit assistance programs in place.
To learn more about getting an energy audit for your home or business, consult the FAQ below.
What is an energy audit and weatherization?
Energy auditors are specially-trained inspectors who evaluate your home to identify areas where energy efficiency improvements can save you money. Weatherization is the process of making a home more energy efficient. An auditor may recommend measures you can take to conserve energy.
How much does an energy audit and weatherization cost?
Prices range depending on the size of the home. Please call or email for details. See if you qualify for a Weatherizing Assistance Program.
How can I learn more about Weatherization Assistance Programs?
You may qualify for a free energy audit and repair work. A contractor will evaluate your home and make repairs such as weather stripping, improved insulation and caulking which can reduce your heating and cooling bills at no cost. For more information about weatherizing assistance programs (WAP) visit the Department of Energy Web site.
What’s involved in an energy audit and weatherization?
Weatherization of a home typically involves the installation of attic, wall and floor insulation and sealing holes and cracks with caulking, weather-stripping and other types of materials. In addition, all furnaces, cooking stoves and water heaters receive a safety inspection. Weatherization services do not include roof replacement, siding repairs or replacement windows.
A specialist will do a baseline energy evaluation, look for air leaks using diagnostic tools, check the wall and attic insulation, doors and windows, and inspect the lighting system. The inspection will most likely include an evaluation of your water fixtures and appliances. A final report may include resources for green retrofits and suggestions on how to save energy and clean and maintain your appliances.
How do I choose an energy auditor and weatherization technician?
Choose a certified energy auditor to perform an in-home Comprehensive Energy Audit including a Home Energy Efficiency Rating (HERS). Start by looking for a contractor or energy auditor who has completed an energy auditing certification program like BPI or RESNET and has recent local reference. Check references and ask to see certifications and insurance.
Should I order an energy audit?
Yes, if you are looking for specific recommendations of how to improve heating and cooling efficiencies in your home. Thorough audits make use of equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the home, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.
How much money and energy will I save?
The amount of energy and money you will save depends on what problems that are found in your energy audit and what steps you take to fix those problems. Your auditor should be able to tell you which recommendations are most cost effective in your report. You can also come back to our site to determine what incentives are available for your recommended measures.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that homeowners can typically save up to 20% of heating and cooling costs and about 10% of total energy costs with proper insulation and air sealing.
Are there any other benefits?
In addition to helping you identify where inefficiencies are costing you money and energy, an energy audit can help you:
* Prioritize the most cost-effective improvements
* Know how your home’s energy use compares to other similar homes in your area
* Assess the presence of dangerous gases, like carbon monoxide, in your home