What Should Every Home Energy Audit Include?

We all know Texas summers bring extremely hot temperatures, but did you know record electricity demand is expected in 2018? When faced with scorching temperatures, it’s hard to keep the hot weather from spiking your electricity bill. However, one of  the best ways to get ahead of the summer heat is to get a home energy audit. Energy auditors will point out all of the ways you can improve your home efficiency, so that you aren’t paying more than necessary to keep your home comfortable.

According to the Department of Energy, a home energy audit can lower  your monthly electricity bill by as much as 30 percent! Energy auditors have the expertise and special tools needed to help you identify the areas in your home that allow hot air in from the outside.  If you recently moved into your home or if you haven’t had an energy audit done within the last three years, you should schedule an audit now.

When receiving a home energy audit, expect to get a blower door test, infrared imaging, and visual inspections of the inside and outside of your home.  Below are some of the areas of your home that an energy auditor will inspect:

Windows: An auditor will be able to determine if there is excess condensation building up on the inside of your windows.   Auditors will also tell you if your windows are properly sealed to prevent air from entering or escaping.

Light fixtures and outlets: If not properly insulated, air can leak through your outlets and light fixtures.  An auditor can pinpoint leakage throughout your home and tell you how to fix it.

Insulation: Is your home properly insulated?  An auditor will check all areas of your home, including hard to access areas such as your attic and crawl space.  A properly insulated home will keep cool air inside longer so that your air conditioner doesn’t have to work quite as hard.

Duct system: Leaks in your duct system can send cool air into unoccupied spaces such as your attic and basement, leaving you paying way more than you should just cool the dust in your attic.

Appliances: Auditors will analyze the most energy-intensive appliances in your home to determine if they are operating efficiently and if they are the most energy-efficient models available.  You should expect a list of upgrades that you can make to save energy with more efficient appliances.

Vent fans: Energy auditors will inspect the flow rate of your vents to make sure they are properly expelling heat and moisture from your home.

Health and safety concerns: In addition to identifying areas that can cause your electricity bills to be high, home energy auditors will also perform tests to determine if there are any safety hazards in your home.  This may include lead paint tests, air quality tests, and smoke and carbon monoxide detector tests.

If you don’t know of a problem, you can’t fix it.  And home energy auditors will find most, if not all, of the areas of your home that are causing your electricity bills to be unnecessarily high.  You can save hundreds of dollars this summer by getting a home energy audit completed now.

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