Improving your Home through Saving Energy
Home energy audits are a surefire way to improve your home’s energy efficiency. An assessment will show you how much energy your house consumes and would also evaluate the measures you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your home. It will also show you the problems you may encounter and what actions you can take to prevent them. Because of this, home energy audits are sometimes called as home energy assessment.
There are two ways to through which you can do home energy audits. You can perform do-it-yourself assessmentsor you can hire a professional auditor to do it for you.
When performing a self energy audit, keep in mind that you need to be diligent during your walk-through. It is suggested that you create a checklist of the areas and the problems you have found. Look for air leaks on the edge of the floors, baseboards, walls and ceilings. Check for gaps between wires, pipes, electrical outlets, mail slots and foundation seals and on the outside of your home such as on sidings, bottoms and foundations.
Lighting also consume a significant amount of energy, about 10% of the electric bill
Seal all the cracks, holes and drafts properly and with the appropriate material.
When performing home energy audits, inspect insulation in your home. Doing so helps you save energy as low insulation levels in walls and ceilings let out the heat. Check your heating and cooling equipments yearly. Inspect filters and replace them when necessary, though they are usually changed once every two months or so. Dirt streaks are typically signs of air drafts, seal them with duct mastic or as preferred. You should consider newer and more energy efficient equipments as replacements for units that are very old. New units will help reduce the consumption of energy.
Lighting also consume a significant amount of energy, about 10% of the electric bill. Look at the light bulbs wattage and size; you may be using more than you should. Consider fluorescent lamps and other energy efficient lamps for those areas with high usage.
If you are too busy to do a self audit, you can hire a professional auditor to do the home energy audits for you. Make a list of problems you have found such as drafts and condensations. Also prepare a copy or summary of your energy bills. The auditor will use this as a guide in auditing your home.
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