Gearing Up for Your Home Energy Audit
What you need to do and when you need to do it
Are you sick of paying through the nose to heat, cool and light your home? Millions of homeowners across New England feel the exact same way. Fortunately, there’s a cost-effective way to measure your home’s energy use and to determine how you can make it more efficient, sustainable and affordable for your family: a home energy audit. As you prepare for this potentially game-changing service, you need to keep a few things in mind.
What Is a Home Energy Audit?
A home energy audit is a simple way to determine how your home uses energy. It typically determines the efficiency with which your home uses electricity and identifies potential impediments to optimal efficiency, including leaks, old appliances, poor insulation and other issues. At the end of the audit, the technician who performs it will offer detailed advice and recommendations for improving your home’s efficiency.
Steps to a Typical Audit
A typical home energy audit—also known as a home energy assessment—has several components. These include:
• A detailed examination of past utility bills
• Thorough checks for window and door leaks
• An assessment of the quality and integrity of the home’s insulation
• Assessments of heat loss through the attic and basement
• Examinations of the age and efficiency of water heaters, heating systems and other energy-intensive appliances
How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Home Energy Assessment
In the run-up to your Dupuis home energy assessment, you should take care of a few important matters. First, be sure to track your home’s energy use over the preceding months. You can ask your Dupuis technician for more detailed information at each meter reading.
To the extent possible, you should also track key aspects of your home’s energy use, including the level at which you set your heating and cooling systems and the frequency with which you use household appliances like televisions, washing machines and ovens. To get a rough sense of your utility costs for common items, experiment with higher or lower temperature settings on your climate control system, more or less light usage and more or less frequent appliance usage.
Get a Home Energy Audit from a Trusted Authority in MA and RI
A home energy audit is among the most cost-effective ways to reduce your home’s energy bills and protect the environment on a long-term basis. If you’re ready to think seriously about taking this step towards sustainability and budget-friendliness, we stand ready to help in any way we can. For more information about home energy audits, call us at 800-322-5025 or visit us online today.