Angie’s Listing: Dwelling Power Audit | Group
SHREVEPORT, La. – We all have a to-do list: clean the gutters, mow one last time, put the garden furniture away. Why not lower your electricity bills too? As you prepare your home for the colder times of the year, consider adding an energy audit to your home checklist. Angie Hicks from Angie’s List explains what this means and why it can be so useful to you.
“A home energy audit is a room-by-room review to see how efficiently your home is using energy,” said Hicks.
Knowing where your home is losing heat can help you decide what updates to make. This will keep you more comfortable and save money.
As part of your energy audit, your auditor will review your electricity bills and also carry out an inspection at your home. There are a few key elements that you want to make sure that they are included in this part of the audit.
“The Department of Energy recommends getting a thermographic inspection done as part of your energy audit,” said Hicks. “This uses infrared technology to find out where heat is escaping from your house and where you need additional insulation.”
The images captured during this part of an audit really help identify gaps in the insulation of your walls and attic, as well as leaks in the exterior of your home.
“The Department of Energy also recommends a calibrated blower door test to determine how airtight your home is and whether doors and windows need additional sealing,” said Hicks.
With these two parts, your auditor can then make very specific, bespoke suggestions about changes you can make, such as: B. Where to add insulation and which areas of your home are not properly sealed. These suggested changes can save you money all year round.
“According to the Department of Energy, you could save up to 30% on your utility bills by making the upgrades required for an energy audit,” said Hicks.
Some states have discounts or rebates for performing an energy audit, which can save you extra money. Now, an energy audit for your home is a great way to prepare for a warmer, more efficient home this winter