Let’s Clear the Air About Residence Vitality Audits
The word “audit” doesn’t exactly make people feel warm and fuzzy. It’s too closely tied to the dreaded “tax audits” of the IRS. The negative connotation of “audit” probably explains why house energy audits have been renamed so often. Depending on who you speak to or which website you visit, you will hear energy audits called “home energy exams” or “energy assessments”. On the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website (http://www.eere.energy.gov/), audits are referred to as “energy assessments”.
I think it is time to rate the “audit” positively, at least in terms of its application in analyzing how a house consumes and loses energy. In short, an energy audit is a good thing. The series of tests, inspections, and calculations that go into a comprehensive energy audit provides homeowners with specific energy efficiency information that is essential for utility companies to save energy and money.
An energy audit for the home is right for your paperback and for our planet. But there are other advantages as well. Air leaks, leaking conduits, and other conditions that waste energy also introduce moisture and mold into assemblies, compromising occupant health and building durability. Incinerators (gas stoves, oil stoves, gas washer-dryers, etc., which are not properly vented) can expose residents of buildings to dangerous and even fatal levels of carbon monoxide. All of these issues should be addressed in a thorough energy audit.
It’s important to know that home energy audits can vary greatly depending on who is doing them. For more details and a good explanation of the general house energy issues that should be identified during a house energy audit, I like the details provided by Dr. Energy Saver from CT (http://www.drenergysaverct.com/home-energy-audit) .html).