Making Our Homes
Energy audits save both energy and money
by Dolly Jain
Keeping our homes warm in winters and cool in summers is getting increasingly expensive with energy prices at an
all time high. As a conscientious home owner, you can take
many actions to reduce your household energy consumption.
The first step is to identify the problems, which can be done
by performing energy assessments of your house either on
your own or by employing a professional energy auditor.
Energy audit services
An approved energy auditor will assess the energy consumption pattern of your home and evaluate various measures you
can take to make your house more energy efficient. These
energy audits identify the issues and suggest ways to over come
them, resulting in significant monitary savings over time.
Professional energy auditors use various tools and tech-
niques to establish the sources of air leakages, determine
indoor air quality, identify problems linked to moisture con-
densation and more. The auditor will take a tour of your
home to check its size and other important features like pro-
portion of open area to wall area, ask you general questions to
establish any pattern to the energy usage, determine efficiency
of your heating/cooling systems, study latest utility bills
and perform tests using blower doors, equipment efficiency
thermometers and also infrared cameras amongst others.
An energy audit can cost anywhere between $400 and $500
per household. Additional costs may be incurred for buildings
bigger than an average of 2000 square feet. The costs may also
vary depending on the detail of service and the advice provided. Most local electric or gas utilities offer free or conces-sional residential energy assessments services for their senior
citizen customers. The initial audit costs pay for themselves
in a few months time, depending on the state of house and
implementation of the solutions suggested by the auditor.
Most common energy losers in our homes
Following are the top five tips to achieve higher energy
efficiency in your homes:
1. Insulate walls exposed to external weather
conditions and most importantly pay special
attention to roof insulation.
The type and the amount of insulation required will
depend on the location of your house. An energy assessor or
a certified local builder should be able to suggest insulation
requirements for your home and an estimate of the pay-back period if additional insulation is required. As a rule of
thumb, the attic spaces, ducts, high ceilings, all exterior walls,
floors above unheated garages and basement areas should be
2. Sealing all openings such as windows and wall
cracks is also vital, as the uncontrolled entrance
of draughts can lead to uncomfortable indoor
conditions and result in molds and dust in the air.
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