A home energy audit evaluates how much energy your home consumes and determines what changes you can make to have the most energy-efficient home possible. A 2-4 hour energy audit can help you save not only energy, but significant amounts of money, too. In fact, by making efficiency upgrades that are identified in your home energy audit, you can save 5 to 30 percent on your utility bills.
Today we’re walking you through the basics of a home energy audit.
What To Expect During The Energy Audit
During your professional energy audit, your auditor will analyze your energy bills, complete visual, health and safety inspections, and may use special equipment to detect sources of energy loss. Your auditor should go through these steps (or more) during your home energy audit.
- Explain the energy audit process
- Analysis a the past year’s fuel bills to determine your current energy consumption
- Interview you to understand your usage patterns and any problems
- Conduct an inspection of your home’s exterior
- Complete a health and safety inspection
- Complete an interior visual inspection
- Assess your electrical systems for safety concerns
- Perform a combustion appliance zone test on all combustable fuel fired appliances.
- Complete a blower door test
- Analyze your results and complete a comprehensive home energy report
Making sure you’re supplying the correct information is important – based on your answers your home energy audit can uncover ways to reduce your household’s energy consumption.
As your auditor moves through your home, feel free to accompany him or her and ask questions.
How To Find Your Energy Auditor
As you look for a professional to conduct your home energy audit, make sure they’re a certified energy auditor. Keep in mind that if a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR participating contractor is specially trained to conduct a whole-house assessment and help you determine how efficiency improvements will work together.
In Denver, the cost for an audit typically ranges from $150-$375. Xcel Energy has a rebate program that will pay 60 percent of the cost, up to $200, depending on the type of audit you choose. They also provide a list of participating contractors.
How To Prepare For Your Energy Audit
Your preparation is often as important as the energy audit itself. Before the energy audit professional comes to your home, sit down and make a list of any relevant problems you’ve noticed. These can include everything from window condensation to uncomfortable or drafty rooms.
Be sure to have copies or a summary of the home’s yearly energy bills on hand, too. Your utility company can easily provide these for you. Your auditor will use this information to determine what to keep an eye out for during the energy audit.
Improve Your Home…And More!
A professional home energy audit can also give you the opportunity to conserve energy and leave less of an overall footprint on the environment. When your home is energy efficient it has less of a negative environmental impact on the environment and on your family.
Any renovations you make to improve your home’s energy efficiency can also increase the value of your home. Energy efficiency home improvements are the only ones that always pay for themselves in the long run. Why not consider one for your own home?