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How do I conduct an energy audit on my home?

NorthYorkHouse2In nearly every home, there are some energy deficiencies. Catching these deficiencies through an energy audit can be a smart way to identify any leaks, insulation problems, or issues that are contributing to wasted energy in the home. This simple energy audit can go a long way in reducing your carbon footprint and cutting down on monthly energy bills.

Identify any Air Leaks

One of the most important things to look for when conducting a home energy audit is the existence of air leaks. An air leak, or a draft, will be most common along wall joints, baseboards, around windows and wherever two building materials meet on walls or roofs. Light a candle or an incense stick and watch the flame as you pass it in front of these critical areas. If the flame flickers or goes out, then you’ve got an air leak.

Check the Existing Insulation

Insulation is another incredibly important aspect of a home energy audit. If the existing insulation levels are not adequate, you could be losing heat through the walls and ceiling of your home. This means that your heating system has to work harder to keep the right temperature in the home, causing you to pay a larger energy bill. Unusually high heating or cooling bills are the most obvious way to identify insulation problems.

Inspect Heating or Cooling Systems

Older heating and cooling systems, which are generally those older than 12 years old, may have low levels of energy efficiency. Replacing these systems can go a long way in cutting down monthly energy usage. Age is generally the primary thing to look for when inspecting these systems. For a less expensive solution to an audit that reveals problematic heating systems, homeowners can replace existing filters.

Replace Outdated Appliances

Older appliances, and in particular items like dryers and dishwashers, can use a lot of energy. Newer models are far more energy efficient. Your energy audit should check how old appliances are and how much energy they are using. You could save a lot of energy by replacing outdated appliances.

Look for Ways to Improve Lighting

Do you have lights on in multiple rooms of the home all day or night? Dimmers, sensors and automatic switches can greatly reduce energy usage. Since lighting accounts for a substantial portion of the energy needed in a typical home, exchanging older bulbs for CFLs or LEDs can make a big difference.

Learn More

For more information on conducting an energy audit or for professional assistance, contact USI online to find a branch near you and get a free quote. USI believes in excellence in every step of the process and ensures timely completion and quality of service, time after time.