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What is an energy audit and do I really need one?

It’s happened to us all at one time or another. You know, sitting on the couch and you feel a cold breeze on your neck.  After checking, you discover that your window isn’t sealed properly. So, you try  the DIY window sealing project. You know the drill – you play tug-of-war with the plastic, then sit down with a hair dryer for ten minutes until it looks just about right. Or not as the case may be! Even after you’re done, you can’t get it out of your head just how much energy you’re losing. Well, that and the fact that you might need new windows!

You don’t need to play those games any more. The best way to guarantee peace of mind about just how energy-efficient your home may be is getting a whole house energy audit. It will help you understand your home’s energy usage and performance. Doing an energy audit can also save you hundreds of dollars a year on energy costs.  A typical audit will test several different items in your home such as an air leakage test and an item called a blower door, measures the effect of air leaks in your home.  In addition, your contractor should do an insulation check, to pinpoint spots where your insulation may be missing or improperly installed.  All gas lines should also be checked and your auditor should evaluate if your central heating system needs a cleaning or tune-up.  These are just some steps that an energy auditor will perform but there are many others that they will do as well.

Most homeowners are actually surprised to see how many leaks there actually are in their home.  A whole house energy audit is worth every penny but only if you take the necessary steps that the auditor can recommend to reduce your usage. Don’t get chills for all the wrong reasons in your home, be smart about saving energy and money by scheduling an energy audit. For more information on energy audits, read this article on energy.gov:


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