Home Energy Audit
Increased Energy Savings & Year-Round Comfort
Although energy audits are readily available to most people, few folks choose to get one. The likely reason is that most are unaware they exist or how beneficial they can be. According to a 2020 survey report, only 9% of survey respondents had undergone an energy audit.
An energy audit can help reduce your carbon footprint by pinpointing trouble areas in your home that may be wasting energy. And as you know, reducing your energy consumption can help save money on your energy bill.
Top 5 Reasons Why an Energy Audit is Important:
- An energy audit will identify energy-saving opportunities and improvements.
- It will help you understand your home energy usage and ways to use energy better.
- An energy audit can identify safety concerns with electrical systems, wiring, and ventilation, thus making your home safer.
- It will increase a home’s resale value.
- An energy audit will help you identify how to reduce carbon monoxide production in the home.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is an energy audit?
An energy audit is completed at a residential building to determine its energy efficiency. Simply put, energy efficiency means using less energy to do the same job. The audit will provide you with a complete electricity consumption and energy efficiency assessment.
You can obtain important information regarding your energy usage and Energy Star rating from the audit report. With this information, you can identify and correct any energy usage issues to cut electricity costs. It’s advisable to always undertake an energy audit before implementing a renewable energy system.
Who conducts an energy audit?
A registered energy advisor or energy auditor will conduct a home energy audit. At Service Legends, we have our very own Senior Energy Rater on the team.
What is done during an energy audit?
There are three parts to an energy audit: evaluation, testing, and efficiency recommendations.
The auditor will provide you with a report outlining energy consumption and suggesting home improvements to cut energy costs.
A registered energy auditor will visit your home and assess your energy usage and identify areas where you can improve. While conducting their walk-through, they will analyze specific elements that contribute to your home’s or business’s overall energy efficiency.
The auditor will analyze the heating and cooling systems, or HVAC system, and your insulation levels, including the basement and exterior attic walls. In addition, they will measure and count how many doors and windows the building has and take external measurements.
Airtightness & Other Tests
The second part of an energy audit involves an airtightness test, also known as a blower door test. During this test, an energy auditor will determine how tight a building’s envelope is by checking for air leakage in a house. During an airtightness test, an air sealing procedure is done. The auditor will seal the front door of the building, and they will place a large fan inside.
The testing fan will pull the interior air outside the building, which will force outside air to come through any cracks or holes. Often, these air leaks are easily felt with your hand, but most auditors will use feathers or incense to accurately determine where the cracks are located.
In addition to the airtightness test, an energy auditor will assess your home’s energy use by conducting a thermographic scan. Moreover, they will use various energy usage equipment items to measure energy consumption, such as infrared cameras, surface thermometers, and furnace efficiency meters.
Finally, the auditor will analyze past utility bills.
Recommendations to Improve Energy Efficiency
The energy auditor will provide you with a list of recommendations for improving your home’s energy efficiency. If implemented, most of the recommendations will help you save money on utility bills.
Our energy audit will not only find out the why but also what to do about it – no more guessing! We believe that if you don’t measure it, you’re not really saving. Give Service Legends a call and let us improve the energy efficiency of your home with maximum savings and rebates up to $14,000.
How long do energy audits take?
The time it takes to complete an energy audit depends on the size of your property and the number of appliances and electronics you have. It will also depend on how many windows and doors you have and the type of audit you have chosen. On average, a home energy audit takes between three to four hours to complete.
Is an energy audit worth doing?
Yes, energy audits are worth doing. They assess how energy-efficient your home or building is so you know where to make changes.
You can save 5–30% on your energy bills by implementing your auditor’s suggestions. Plus, by making such changes, you can positively impact the environment and reduce your carbon emissions.
“Matt was very personable. I enjoyed visiting with him. Lots of good information from his home energy audit visit.”
— Mark & Lana G.