Performing a Home Energy Audit
If you’ve ever wanted to understand how much energy your home consumes, where it may be losing energy or why a certain room is too cold or too hot, a home energy audit could answer these questions and more.
An energy audit is simply an assessment of your home’s energy use. Its outcomes can help you decide what actions to take in order to improve your home’s energy efficiency, comfort and worth. The US Department of Energy states that, depending on the actions taken after an audit, a homeowner may save between 5 percent and 30 percent on energy bills.1
Types of Audits
What type of audit is the best for your home and family? Depending on your concerns and what type of upgrades you want to make, you’ll have to decide if you need a basic DIY assessment or an advanced professional audit.
DIY Home Energy Audit
A do-it-yourself audit can help detect minor issues. Like a professional audit, you’ll complete a walk-through of your entire home to identify small air leaks and drafts, and evaluate the performance of existing insulation and mechanical systems. Use a checklist as you go to keep track of inspected areas and issues that may need to be addressed. Your DIY audit checklist should include locating air leaks, checking insulation, and inspecting cooling and heating equipment.2 Once your DIY audit is completed, you can seal leaks or add insulation as needed.
The big benefit of a DIY approach is it can give good insight into areas of energy waste without incurring the cost associated with hiring a pro—though you may want to hire a professional if you have an unresolved issue.