Tis’ the season for high energy bills! Home Energy Audits could be the gift you need for saving this holiday season. Now that winter is here and it is getting colder outside, you may be seeing an increase in your electric bill. Did you know the spike in your electric bill could be coming from areas of your home that are allowing energy to escape from your home? Let’s discuss home energy audits and how to know if you need one.
What is a Home Energy Audit?
A Home Energy Audit is also known as a Home Energy Report or Home Energy Assessment, and it is an evaluation of how energy efficient your home is and provides homeowners with valuable information on where they are losing energy. After the evaluation, homeowners will receive a Home Energy Report that reviews where you are using energy in the home and recommendations on how to reduce your home’s energy use and cost.
What does Ellingwood Pro’s Home Energy Audits consist of?
Ellingwood Pro’s Home Energy Audits evaluates the number of residents within the home in addition to your area’s energy prices on electricity, natural gas, propane, or fuel oil. We also consider the design of your home, which includes the direction it is facing. We will count the number of lights and the type of lighting throughout the home and visually inspect insulation, windows, appliances, heating and cooling equipment.
What are the benefits of having a Home Energy Audit?
Home energy audits will not only provide you with useful information on where your home is losing energy, but it also will provide you with ways to help reduce your energy usage. From there you can plan out how you want to tackle the issues found. As you start resolving each issue, you will start to see not only a lower energy bill and save money in the end, but you will also see improvements in your home’s comfort, air quality, and even your home’s value.
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What are signs that your home needs a Home Energy Audit?
Your home will most likely show signs that it is losing energy. A few of these signs can include:
- A high electric bill or usage
- Uneven room temperatures
- Air drafts (usually found around doors and windows)
- Air pockets (commonly found near ceilings and attics)
- Outdated appliances
- Ice dams or icicles
What recommendation may be made to resolve issues found?
Depending on the issues found during home energy audits, there could be several different recommendations made on how to improve your home’s energy efficiency and usage. It could be something very simple like updating your light bulbs to LED bulbs. If your home shows signs of air leaking around the door or windows, we may suggest new sealing around the area where the leak is occurring. If we notice ice dams on the roof or air pockets in the home, you may need to update or increase the home’s insulation. For more signs, your home is losing energy and ways it may be suggested to resolve the issues, visit Sealed.
How can you schedule a Home Energy Audit with us?
With Ellingwood Pro Home Inspections, you are able to home energy audits schedule online or by calling us at (276) 566-5669. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have.
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