Are You Auditing Your Energy?

    If you could take just three to four hours to reap in long-term savings, wouldn’t you jump at the opportunity? What if I said that, right now, you’re wasting money and energy each month? Have no fear, we have the tools you need to save energy— yours and your home’s.

    Our electric, gas, and other energy-related charges tend to surprise us each month. An energy audit may help with this. An energy audit will evaluate all the wasted energy escaping your home. This can be through leaky windows and doors, outdated appliances, areas that may need extra insulation, fireplaces, faucets, thermostats— even your rugs— you name it!

    There are so many variables in a home that can either conserve or squander energy. The three energy audits we’ll describe will pinpoint exactly which variables need your attention in your home. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is!

    First and foremost, there are two ways you can perform an energy audit at no cost. 

    • The DIY Energy Audit (Hello, Pinterest!)
      • You can determine the source of drafts in your home, check HVAC duct work for leaks, replace energy-hogging devices, and swap out incandescent bulbs for more energy-efficient LED options.
      • You can get your hands on a Kill-A-Watt® energy meter.
      • You can follow this building inspector activity from The Alliance to Save Energy’s resources page.
    • Your Local Major Electric Company
      • Many major electric companies offer their clients free energy audits. Contact your local company or cooperative to inquire about their free services.

    On the more expensive side, there is the option to have professionals perform the energy audit with specialized tools and equipment. No matter which audit you decide to go with, you will see the savings. This professional audit will likely save you more so the expenditure is surely justified.

    Some energy companies even offer discounts on the service if you go through an approved auditor. Some utility companies offer rebates for customers who follow their energy-saving recommendations— it just keeps getting easier and easier!

    Completing an energy audit will not only save you up to 30% on your monthly bill but it will make your home more attractive to potential buyers in the future, saving you even more. 

    So let me ask you again, if you could take just three to four hours to reap in long-term savings, wouldn’t you jump at the opportunity?

     

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