What is an energy audit, and how can I benefit?
A Home Energy Audit is a comprehensive assessment of your home’s energy use, identifying problem areas and developing a plan for improving the way energy is used in your home. Using the best in building diagnostic tools, a BPI certified auditor will inspect your house from top to bottom and provide you with a personalized report detailing recommendations to make your home healthy, comfortable, and affordable.
Typical Home Improvements
Each home’s problems are different, but there are some recommendations that Home Performance service providers frequently make:
A. Sealing Air Leaks and Adding Insulation. These are critical first steps to improving the energy efficiency of your home.
B. Improving Heating and Cooling Systems. If your furnace or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, your service provider may recommend that you replace it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label.
C. Repairing Ductwork. Sealing leaks, making sure ducts are straight and properly connected, and insulating where needed, will greatly improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.
D. Replacing Windows. If it’s time to replace your home’s windows, your service provider may recommend ENERGY STAR qualified models specific to your climate.
E. Upgrading Lighting, Appliances, and Water Heating Equipment. Energy used in these areas can account for nearly half your utility bill, so there’s a big opportunity to save by installing ENERGY STAR qualified products.
F. Installing Renewable Energy Systems. Once energy efficiency improvements have been made to your home, your service provider may recommend additional measures, like installing solar