Originally published August 2013, updated November 2016
Rising utility rates and higher energy costs are leading homeowners in Frankfort, IL, to find ways to improve energy efficiency and still enjoy all the comforts of home. A home energy audit is a cost effective way to increase indoor comfort, reduce your carbon footprint and lower electric bills. It is a straightforward process and provides you with actionable steps for monetary savings.
The Home Audit Process
A home energy audit involves a total inspection of the home to determine energy consumption and efficiency levels. The goal is to find ways to conserve energy without negatively affecting comfort. The audit is performed by a seasoned professional and can take a few hours. Many audits are provided by utility companies and governmental agencies to help homeowners lower electricity bills.
Taking Action After the Audit
Once a home audit has been completed, the auditor provides the homeowner with a written report. This is an extensive listing of all the items inspected and the findings in each area. The report includes recommendations for taking action to improving energy use. The report also details the results of taking action, including the amount that a homeowner would need to spend to make the recommended changes as well as the amount of energy saved by taking action.
Recommendations from Audits
Homeowners on a budget might consider making one change at a time as it is affordable. As utility bills decrease, the savings can be used to make additional upgrades and efficient updates to the home. Common recommendations include:
- Adding insulation to meet recommended R-values.
- Upgrading to Energy Star rated appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators, water heaters, air conditioning and heating systems.
- Sealing leaky windows, door frames and air ducts.
- Switching to CFL lightbulbs.
Making your home more energy efficient brings immediate benefits by way of lower electric bills and greater indoor comfort. You might also realize additional future advantages such as a higher resale value for your home. For more information about the home auditing process, give our team at Climate Master Mechanical Contractors, Inc. a call today at 888-376-2450.