From drafty, single-pane windows to poor insulation and every energy eating inefficiency in between, if your utility bill is through the roof each month, then your home might just be an energy hog. Not to worry, because an energy audit can help get your home back on the right energy-friendly track. Here are just a few signs that your home is an energy devouring hog as well as ways an energy audit can help you correct the problem.
Signs of an energy hogging home
If the 800-pound hog in the room is your home, then it’s time to change your energy eating ways. The first step in reversing your home’s inefficiency status is looking for red flag warnings that the house itself is a poor energy performer. Here are just a few tips to help you in your DIY energy audit:
- High utility bills – The number one sign that your home is a poor energy performer is higher than expected utility bills. Even if you have a brand new HVAC system, poor insulation and drafty windows will make all of your heating and cooling fly out the, well, window.
- Drafts – If you feel a draft blow through your house every time a light breeze occurs outside, then your doors, windows, walls, and roof insulation is adding to your home’s energy hog status.
- Temperatures swing from room to room – If your living room is room temperature, but your bedroom is an arctic tundra, you could have insulation issues throughout your home’s interior and exterior walls.
- Moisture on windows – If your windows sweat more than a glass of iced tea on a hot summer day, then chances are your windows are single-pane and thus inefficient.
If the tips above are raising some red flags, then it’s probably time for an energy audit. The following is a brief look at how a home energy audit can help turn your hoggish home into an efficient, eco-friendly abode that sips energy instead of devouring it.
Hire an auditor
Energy auditors are trained to find energy trouble spots in your home so you can take the right steps toward increasing your home’s efficiency and lowering your utility bills. Included in a home energy audit is a detailed report of all your home’s problem areas, like old windows, cracks and gaps around doors, and insufficient attic insulation, as well as ways to fix the issues.
Energy auditors come equipped with tools like infrared thermal imaging cameras that can detect drafts from room to room. An energy audit will pinpoint drafty windows and leaky door jams so you can make the necessary improvements and get your home’s interior temperatures back to a comfortable range.
After your energy audit is complete, you could be eligible for government and tax rebates. By making the green home improvements your energy auditor suggests, the government will actually show you its thanks with some pretty great tax incentives.
If your home is the biggest hog on the block, use the information above to go from energy hungry to energy-efficient.
Reducing energy consumption in your home
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