Why Every Home Should Have an Energy AuditNovember 14, 2014
Winter is just around the corner, which means it is the time to insulate and prepare for cooler weather. In any season, homes can be losing energy and costing homeowners money if insulation and building materials are not installed properly. At Capitol Machine, we recommend that all homes go through an energy audit to ensure that they are meeting all the requirements. Here’s how an energy audit can benefit the homeowner and how it works.
What’s In It for the Homeowner?
All insulation contractors should show the benefit of energy audits to their customers. An energy audit helps to identify areas of the home where heat or air is being lost and where the homeowner can save money. In fact, households can save between 5 and 30 percent on their energy bills by fixing problem areas. Many states in the U.S. and Canada even offer rebate incentives for homeowners to audit and retrofit homes.
What Does an Energy Audit Entail?
Your customers may ask how an energy audit works. Explain to them that the auditor will go from room to room and around the house checking spots that may be letting air out. Areas of the home like the windows, ducts, attic insulation and the water heater are typically inspected. Most will examine a homeowner’s energy bills and perform a few tests, including a blower door test and a thermographic scan. These tests will often highlight areas where the home is wasting energy. With the results in hand, homeowners can then decide to make adjustments, such as adding blown-in insulation to the attic or resealing windows.
The U.S. Department of Energy gives a detailed account of what happens during an energy audit in the following video:
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