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Get a Home Energy Audit

Audit your home to learn how to better your home’s energy efficiency.

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There are many ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency, but the best first step is to get a home energy audit. An energy inefficient home can cost you in more ways than one. High energy bills, mold, mildew, damp basements and attics, cold floors and drafty rooms are just a few examples of homes not properly sealed and ventilated.

If you are interested in getting specific reccomendations about your home’s energy efficiency, you can hire a professional Home Energy Auditor. Using different techniques, the Auditor can test your home’s efficiency in areas such as insulation and air leakage. But don’t be afraid to do it yourself. Most of the biggest inefficiencies are usually easy to detect, especially if you’ve never tried it before. The most common culprit is loose joints in the ductwork which can result in hundreds of dollar of wasted energy costs per year¹.

Solutions for problems found in an energy audit vary from adding extra insulation to parts of walls to installing attic vent fans. Be mindful that many of these projects can be done on your own without the help of a professional, but always reach out for help when you feel you need it.

 

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SOURCES :

1. DeGunther, Rik. "Energy Efficient Homes for Dummies." Indianapolis, Indiana: Wiley Publishing Inc., 2008.

2. Waldorf, Aaron; Kightley, Eric. "Frequency and Detrimental Effects of Refrigerant Leakage in Apartment Complexes." Columbus, Ohio: Department of Evolution and Ecology, the Ohio State University, 2007. Available from http://www.scribd.com/doc/93251/Detrimental-Effects-and-Leakage-in-Air

3. "Home Energy Audits." Energy Star. Available from http://www.energystar.gov [31, March 2009].

 
 
 
 
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