How a Home Energy Audit Can Save You Money This Year
If you feel like your utilities are out of control, a home energy audit may be in order. This is a service provided by a professional auditor who will come to your home and inspect various elements of your home to determine its energy use as well as areas or ways that it can be improved. This is an easy way to save as much as 15% or more on the cost of utilities. Plus, a more energy-efficient home increases your equity or market value.
After an energy audit is done, the inspector will often provide you with a list of the results of the tests that were performed. They will also offer suggestions on improvements that can be made based on their inspection and those test results. There are plenty of areas where you can benefit from an energy audit.
Lighting is a good place to start. It is affordable to replace and often simple changes can mean big savings. For example, take your 5 most used light fixtures and replace the bulbs with ENERGY STAR models, and you can save as much as $75 a year, according to Energy.gov. If you upgrade all of your bulbs to more energy efficient models, you can save even more. Plus, you will spend less replacing bulbs because these models are designed to last for much longer than a traditional incandescent bulb.
Windows and Insulation
Windows are the primary source of energy loss in a home. If your home hasn’t had new windows in the past 10-20 years, you should consider replacements. An energy audit can determine just how energy efficient your windows are, including what types of repairs or upgrades may benefit you in the way of saving money.
Upgrade Your HVAC System
The main draw of energy in most homes is the HVAC system. This can be seen in the spikes of heating bills over winter months and the high electric bills from air conditioning in the summer. If you have an old system in your home, you could be spending a lot more on heating and cooling costs than you should. An energy auditor can advise you as to whether your system is efficient enough or if an upgrade would be a worthwhile investment. Of course, a full replacement is not the only way to save on your energy bills. Duct cleaning, changing filters, and replacing or repairing broken or missing parts of the system can all help improve your energy costs.
An energy audit can go a long way in helping you save money on your energy costs this year. To learn more about how you can improve your home’s energy use and save money, contact the professionals at Glenmont HVAC today.