Every month, you work harder to conserve energy in your West Point home, but every month, the energy bill is just as high as the month before. The problem clearly runs deeper than you think. You need to fix it at its source and to do that, you need an energy audit.
What Is an Energy Audit?
An energy audit is a thorough, professional inspection of your home to determine where energy is being wasted and what you can do to stop it. In the past, they were mainly used for businesses and commercial properties, but now energy audits are a common tool for home energy use as well.
Energy audits are an investment. However, in most homes, they can also save an average of 30 percent off existing energy bills. Within a few months, the process will likely pay for itself and continue to do so many times over.
The Audit Process
Energy audits start with your bill. The auditor examines how much energy you’re using to see how it compares to averages in your area. Then they perform a number of tests to locate the specific areas where you could save. The two most common tests are the blower door test and the thermographic scan.
For the blower door test, the auditor attaches a large fan to your front door to suck the air out of your home. The lower air pressure makes it easier to identify places where air is leaking, typically through cracks around windows, doors and the like. They’ll then use a thermographic scanner to locate those areas so they can be fixed.
With the information gleaned from the audit, the auditor will create a plan to help you fix the problems. This may include patching leaks, adding insulation, and other tasks. No matter what your energy use is like, any home can benefit from an energy audit.
For more help with energy audits, or to schedule one for your home, contact us at Indoor Solutions, Inc.