5 Reasons You Might Need a Home Energy Audit
by: Nicole Patri
Ever wonder how to decrease your total energy bill and decrease energy waste in your home? A home energy audit (from a program like Mass Save) could be the solution for you. This audit will look at many aspects of your home and help pinpoint where your home is losing energy and how it can be fixed. Through this process, you will understand the whole picture of your home’s energy use. Here are five reasons why you need a home energy audit.
1. Receive a health and safety inspection, including your electrical system.
We all want a safe home for ourselves and our loved ones. During the audit, auditors will be looking for many safety issues. They will look for electrical hazards and assess your electrical system for safety concerns like potential wiring issues. They will make sure appliances like space heaters, ovens, stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, water heaters, and clothes dryers are safe through combustion appliance zone testing. They will look for indoor air quality problems. They will also note and test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, which is always helpful.
2. Find air leaks around windows, fixtures, doors, and fixtures.
Air leaks are, in most cases, the number one reason homeowners are not using their homes energy efficiently. Energy auditors have advanced technology to see air flow issues in homes, one test used is the blower door test. A blower door test locates air leaks with the use of a special fan to depressurize a home. The auditors will also use infrared imaging to see where there is cold air circulating in your home which makes it a powerful tool to determine air leaks. Finding these leaks and getting them sealed will help immensely with your overall energy usage.
3. Check efficiency of furnace and water heater.
The auditor will test the furnace for fuel leaks, change the furnace filter, and clean the furnace blower. Testing the furnace is important because it will prevent you from wasting fuel- helping your wallet and the environment. The auditor will also find out just how effective your water heater is. If your water heaters efficiency factor is low, it might be time to replace the heater. Replacing a heater with a low efficiency factor will lower your overall costs in the long term.
4. Receive a comprehensive home energy report.
The most informative part about the home energy audit is the home energy report. This report will look at every factor of your home from an energy perspective. You will learn where you have air leaks, what is not working effectively, and what might need to be changed for safety. This report will give you the facts about what is going on in your home and how you can fix it.
5. You could save 5% – 30% on your monthly energy bill.
Once you receive your home energy report and take the necessary steps to fix any issues you may be having, you could save big on your monthly energy bill. Homeowners who get a home energy audit and install solutions to the problems found save an average of 5%-30% monthly. This savings will be a huge win in your 5–10-year plans and goals.
Home energy audits are a great tool to help you stay knowledgeable on your home and how efficiently it is using energy. Check out the Mass Save website for more information on Audits: https://www.masssave.com/
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