There are a few reasons a homeowner may opt for a home energy audit. You might be hoping to lower utility bills, or curious if you need HVAC repairs. Maybe you feel your home efficiency could be better in general.
Although a typical home energy audit may extend beyond your existing HVAC system, HVAC companies often provide expert home audits to find heating, cooling, insulation, and even piping issues. Many of these issues are common in homes across America, causing problems right under homeowners’ noses. Did you know that around 10% of homes in the U.S. have plumbing leaks that can waste up to 90 gallons of water each day? An experienced energy auditor could pick up on that leak and save you on utility bills and water damage bills.
So what do auditors do that you can’t do yourself?
First, they have the tools. Telescopic ladders to reach high places, mirrors to see in tight spots, and an assortment of digital tools. Infrared cameras and meters for wattage and moisture are just a few measuring and testing tools in an auditor’s belt. They search every nook and cranny, from the crawl spaces in your basement to the windows and fireplace of your main floor to the insulation in your attic.
What do you need to provide as the homeowner?
First, your auditor will likely ask for recent energy bills. Making copies of utility bills from the last 12 months is a good rule of thumb.
Second, you and other residents in your home should make a thorough list of all existing concerns you have around the home. Dusty vents, drafty windows, or overly moist bathrooms are common complaints that are useful for your auditor to know about. No clue is too small to point them in the direction of a problem to assess.
How about what happens AFTER the energy audit?
The auditor will let you know what issues they found and potential fixes you could implement. They could range from little tweaks, like different light bulbs, to big fixes, like a new roof or replacing insulation.
What you choose to do or not do to fix energy issues in your home is entirely up to you as the homeowner. The energy audit simply provides the info for you to work with.