More and more people are now familiar with the term “energy audit”, and that’s a good thing. With energy prices climbing, incomes shrinking, and the now undeniable (by anyone’s standards) effects of global warming, we should all be getting energy audits. Many utilities are now offering free or subsidized audits. You can do an energy audit yourself, but you will miss a lot, because a good energy auditor has a professional tool bag. He may have a blower door, an infrared camera, furnace testing equipment, etc. Here are a few places to find that really thorough certified auditor ENERGY STAR for Homes Partner Locator, RESNET Certified Rater Directory or FSEC’s Energy Gauge Certified Building Energy Raters Directory.
Now here’s the rub – Many people who pay for the audit, and get the recommendations that are going to save them big bucks, never follow through by actually making those improvements. Find a good insulation company, HVAC contractor, etc, and then look at your state’s list to see if any rebates are being offered on the work that needs to be done. Here’s a cool site for seeing what is available:http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:iD-PAB85nSQJ:www.energystar.gov/index.cfm%3Ffuseaction%3D
We had an energy audit of our home recently. Our auditor used all of the tools of the trade. ±The findings – since our house is fairly small by today’s standards – it was earlier to get a good energy ranking. We had added insulation to walls and attic, and purchased well sealed windows. The auditors Kilowatt meter showed that it would not be cost effective to replace our refrigerator, and that we were doing well in terms of cutting down on what is know as “phantom electricity load”. This is the unnoticed electricity used when TVs, printers, computers, and other appliances are left at the ready, so that the moment we need then, they turn instantly on. What we didn’t expect, was that our crawl space and duct work needed to be insulated. I’m proud to say that we followed through. Success with marked with lower energy bills!
For all of you energy auditors out there, we have just added a section on “Energy Auditing Tools” on our website www.positive-energy.com