You Oughtta Audit

Category: Home Performance 1
You Oughtta Audit
Audit. Just the sound of it makes most people cringe. Is there anything positive in that word? In this case, yes. A home energy audit can be one of the most positive steps you can take on your journey to creating a comfortable home. Whereas in an accounting there are repercussions to mistakes found by audit, in a home energy audit there is nothing but opportunity.
Here are a few things you need to know about a home energy audit:
  • It will help you assess how much energy your home uses and help you identify the measures you need to take to improve energy efficiency.
  • It looks at heating and cooling systems, evaluates hot water and electricity, and it looks at air leaks in attics or floorboards and even outlets. A home energy audit explores your house top-to-bottom.
  • It is just the first step. Once audited, it’s up to you to implement the solutions that will help you reduce energy consumption and improve your home, from replacing windows and appliances to re-insulating attics and walls.
How do you get started? Your local power company might offer home energy audits, and there are private companies that serve this need, as well; in fact, ENERGY STAR has a tool that can help you find a Home Energy Rater near you ( . The U.S. Department of Energy offers tips on how to conduct a Do It Yourself Home Energy Assessment (, so check it out and see if it’s something you might want to tackle this weekend. If you haven’t yet, you really oughtta audit your home for energy efficiency.



Torsten Reimers Thursday, October 24, 2013 7:04:50 PM

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