Power Saver 101 Infographic: Residence Power Audits
Editor’s Note: This blog post has been updated to include information on Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program.
Would you like to replace your water heater, but you don’t know whether it is worth it? Are you considering new energy efficient windows? Before making individual efficiency improvements, it is important to know how your house uses energy. A home energy audit is the first step in saving energy and money.
Sometimes called an energy assessment, an energy audit at home will help you learn how you are using energy, where it is being wasted, and prioritize your efficiency gains. By performing energy efficiency improvements determined by a household energy audit, you can save 5 to 30 percent of your monthly energy bill while ensuring the health and safety of your home.
During a professional energy audit, an energy auditor will analyze your energy bills, perform visual, health, and safety inspections, and may use special equipment such as a fan door and infrared camera to identify sources of energy loss. Our new Energy Saver 101 Home Energy Audit infographic gives you an idea of what energy auditors are looking for and the specific tools they use to determine where a home is wasting energy. Based on the data collected, an energy audit will provide you with a comprehensive home energy report that shows which energy efficiency improvements are best for your home and your potential energy savings. Find out how to find a certified energy auditor and if your state or local utility offers a free or discounted household energy audit. And be sure to look for one Home performance with ENERGY STAR Participating Contractor – They are specially trained to conduct an in-house assessment and help you determine how efficiency improvements work together.
While not as thorough as a professional home energy audit, you can do your own simple home energy audit. A do-it-yourself – or run-through – home energy audit can help you identify some of the low hanging fruits when it comes to improving energy efficiency. If you want to know how much you can save with certain upgrades, check out Home Energy Saver, a free online tool for testing home energy.
Remember, the home energy audit is only the first step in reducing your energy bills. The recommended energy efficiency improvements result in energy savings.