Summer is only a few months away. Follow these energy audit tips to find out the answers to these critical questions. The answers might help you save money as the summer scorchers start to roll in.
- How many watts of energy are you using per day? Per month?>
- Where do you use the most energy in your home?
- When do you use the most energy?
- Where does the energy you use come from?
- Where can you reduce energy usage?
Here’s the best part: before you hire an energy professional to do an energy audit, you can follow these tips yourself to do an informal survey your home and discover problem areas. Keep a “to do” list to help you prioritize and organize your energy audit findings.
Step-by-Step Energy Audit Tips
Step 1: Check the Lights
The first step is the easiest. Walk around your home make sure you’re using the right type of light bulb in the right fixture. Additionally, find opportunities to scale back to a lower wattage light bulb. You can use less electric light in rooms with natural light from windows, and invest in energy-friendly bulbs.
Step 2: Find Opportunities for Better Insulation
Investigate the insulation in the places you consider the least: your attic, ceiling, and walls, for example. Did you experience a particularly cold winter? The insulation in your home might need additional material. Proper insulation is key to keeping down the costs of energy in the summer. Cool air from the AC will have a harder time escaping well-insulated walls. You can also try to install a reflective radiant barrier to block heat from the outside.
Step 3: Hunt for Air Leaks
Another easy test to include in your home energy audit is to hunt for air leaks. Test the cracks of windows and doors to see how much cool air you’re losing outside. You might even be able to feel small, cool air currents from leaky corners, doors, chimneys and even some electrical outlets.
Step 4: Schedule an HVAC System Checkup
Try to remember when you last had your home’s HVAC system inspected. Even though you shouldn’t inspect the HVAC system yourself, you can still include it in your home energy audit. If you had to replace or repair your HVAC system last year, you can save the cost of having it inspected this year, and schedule a checkup for it next year.
Step 5: Consider Upgrading to a Home Energy Monitor
Technology is moving fast, and home energy technology is moving with it. Thermostat tools, like Nest, can help you stay on top of energy management in your home. A digital thermostat can be controlled remotely via your cellphone and give you instant, real-time statistics about your energy usage. More importantly, you can also install and manage an energy home monitor yourself.
If you need more guidance than this set of energy audit tips, contact the home improvement experts at Lawes Home Comfort Specialists today. Call us at 732-741-6300 or visit our website for more information.