Having an energy audit done on your home can give you all of this. There are a number of ways to get and do an energy audit – a series of tests to see how, where and how much energy and heat are being needlessly wasted in your home – which can include the DIY version, asking your energy supplier to test or hiring an outside auditor.
The point isn’t simply to make you feel ashamed for your home’s wasteful ways, but to discover solutions that will save you money in lower electric / hydro / heating bills.
Usually the most thorough energy audits are performed by an independent auditor, who might charge between $200 and $500. They can perform a number of various tests which may include:
– a room-by-room inspection to investigate drafts or heating fluctuations
– an inspection of the furnace and any centralized air / air conditioning units
– the blower door test
– a thermographic scan
– a PFT Air Infiltration Measurement
From there, your energy auditor will provide you with a detailed report of how your home is doing, where weaknesses are, ways to correct them and estimated costs to do so. They’ll also analyze roughly how much money you might save on your energy bills by doing so.
To find an energy auditor in your area and reviews from fellow customers, consider joining Angie’s List. A membership at Angie’s List can be worthwhile if you discover you need additional services (insulation experts, window replacement and so on) in order to get your home up in top shape.