Energy costs continue to rise despite advances in technology. Whether you’re already settled into a home or are buying one, understanding its energy performance is more critical than ever. Getting an Energy Audit will improve your home’s use of energy, reduce costs, and increase your comfort and enjoyment of your home as well.
If you are in the market to sell a home, an Energy Audit will create a market advantage.
Why should I get an Energy Audit?
An energy audit can pinpoint where a home is losing energy, determine the efficiency of a home’s heating and cooling systems, and illustrate cost-effective improvements that will conserve electricity and improve performance. Moreover, Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program also provides rebates and tax incentives when you make certain improvements.
What to have for the auditor visit:
- Make a list of any existing problems such as condensation, uncomfortable or drafty rooms, or ice damning etc.
- Have copies or a summary of the home’s yearly energy bills.
- Have a list of any repairs you’ve made to your home and contractor receipts showing the materials utilized.
What happens in an Energy Audit
The auditor will first examine the outside of the home to determine its size and its features (i.e., wall area, number and size of windows.)
Then they’ll ask questions which are meant to analyze usage based on your residential behavior. For example:
- Is anyone home during working hours?
- What is the average thermostat setting for summer and winter?
- How many people live here?
- Is every room in use?
These answers may uncover simple ways to reduce your household’s energy consumption. Don’t be afraid to walk through the home with the auditors as they work, and ask questions.
Areas they examine the most are:
- Lighting (types of lights and bulb)
- HVAC (Heating, Cooling and Ventilation)
- Insulation or Air Seating
- Electronics (e.g. computers, gaming systems, cable boxes, and TV)
- Appliances (i.e. refrigerator, freezer, washer, dryer, over/stove, microwave, dishwasher,
- Plumbing (e.g. water heaters)
- Structural Improvements
Start Saving NOW! — There is no better time than now to get an Energy Audit.