What is a Home Energy Audit?

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When you get your utility bills, do you wonder where all of that energy goes? A home energy audit can help you find that out and show you the decisions you can make to save energy and money on your bills. Professionals perform home energy audits, but you can do a version of one by yourself. Here’s what you need to know about home energy audits and how they can benefit you.

When Should You Do a Home Energy Audit?

A home energy audit will show you how to save money and how efficient your home currently is. There are a few times where it’s most beneficial to do an energy audit:

  • Before selling your home: You can entice buyers by showing them exactly how efficient your home is.
  • Before renovations or purchases: Make sure you’re making an informed decision about your next furnace or about other home renovations that affect energy usage.
  • If your utility bill has spiked: Energy audits can help you find out why your utility bill is suddenly costing you more.
  • When you want to save on energy: Anytime you are ready to save on your energy bill, an energy audit can help.

DIY vs. Professional Home Energy Audit

When you’re getting a home energy audit you have a choice between conducting the audit yourself or having a professional do it. Doing your own energy audit can be useful, especially if you have some very obvious energy inefficiencies in the home. However, a professional audit is more precise.

Professionals have the experience and tools to measure your home’s energy consumption more precisely. They can answer tough questions, such as why you have a cold spot where you do, or whether your air conditioner is functioning properly. Homeowners doing the audit on their own often can’t answer these questions.

If you would like to learn more about home energy auditing, please contact us today!

What is Involved in an Audit?

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If you opt for a professional home energy audit, what should you expect? The professional will work through every energy-related part of your home to discover how well it is functioning. This includes:

  • Your heating: Do you have a fireplace, furnace, boiler or other heat-generating equipment?
  • Thermostat: Your temperature settings can dramatically change your energy efficiency.
  • Electrical outlet: Outlets often harbour air leaks that can reduce your home’s energy efficiency.
  • Windows and doors: These two can cause a lot of heat loss in the winter unless insulated and sealed properly.
  • Insulation: Critically, insulation is the number one thing keeping your conditioned air in your home.
  • Water heater: Is a leak or a damaged heater using up your home’s energy?

If saving money and energy is your number one priority perform an energy audit. When you’re done, call The Door Centre to have energy-saving windows and doors installed in your home.