If your utility bills have been on the rise or you’re looking for a way to make a more environmentally friendly and energy efficient home, then an energy audit is just what you need. Energy audits are a bottom to top, inside and out process of evaluating your home’s efficiency. From there, you’re able to take action and make changes to reduce the amount of power that your home uses for everyday functions like heating, cooling, and lighting.
About Home Energy Audits
If you’ve ever wondered, “What is a home energy audit?”, you’re not alone. It refers to the process of inspecting a home from its foundation to the roof, inside and out, to find places where inefficiencies exist. The home energy auditor often has experience in structural engineering, heating and air conditioning design, electrical design, and other related mechanical fields. The energy auditor will create a written report of his or her findings and create an action plan for you. By using this action plan, you can budget for home improvements, repairs, and upgrades that will boost your home’s energy efficiency.
The Home Energy Audit Process
A typical home energy audit takes 2 to 4 hours. You can expect to receive the written report on the same day or soon thereafter. Most auditors are happy to have homeowners accompany them during the audit process. By accompanying the auditor, you can learn a great deal about how your home was built and how various mechanical and electrical components work. Some utility companies will pay for an energy audit of your home, or you may have to pay a small fee. The savings you reap from your home’s improved energy efficiency will more than offset the cost of paying the auditor’s fee.
What to Do After the Energy Audit
After your Mokena, IL, home has been audited, you’ll need to plan a course of action based upon the auditor’s recommendations. Some energy efficient improvements and upgrades cost very little to do. Caulking, weatherstripping, and insulating are all on the low end of the cost spectrum. On the upper end are activities such as replacing old appliances with Energy Star rated units or upgrading your furnace and air conditioner to more efficient models.
Following through on the recommendations from the home energy audit process could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars every year. You may also be able to enjoy a more comfortable and healthier indoor environment. Our HVAC service team at Climate Master Mechanical Contractors has more than 23 years of experience in conducting home energy audits. To learn more about the process or to schedule an energy audit of your home, give us a call any time.