4 Ways of Home Energy Audit Checklist
As the colder months roll around, homeowners are starting to prepare for those bills that often come with using extra heat and electricity. In order to make sure that you’re practicing efficient energy use, you’ll want to know about the different ways that you can save on energy and lower your bills.
One of the easiest things you can do to ensure your home is working efficiently is to have an energy audit performed. An energy audit will help you to recognize what areas of your home are working well, and which need some upgrading or fixing to be more energy efficient. This will help you prioritize your energy efficiency upgrades, if they’re necessary.
Your Home’s Insulation
Insulation is one of the most straightforward ways to keep heat within the home. If your insulation is inadequate or missing in areas, then you’re likely to be losing heat through ceilings and walls. Try to have your insulation upgraded or have new layers installed, especially if you have an older home.
Include the following items on your checklist:
Check the attic hatch to ensure it that closes tightly
Check to ensure the attic’s ductwork and chimneys are sealed and seal any gaps
Check that vapor barriers are in place beneath the insulation
Check vents and ensure they are clear and not blocked by insulation
Check for indoor air leaks along baseboards, walls and ceilings, or flooring
Check windows and doors for air leaks. Seal these leaks by using caulking or weather stripping
Your Home’s Heating and Cooling Equipment
Have your heating and cooling systems inspected and cleaned regularly to maintain their efficiency. If your home has a forced air furnace, ensure you replace the filters on a regular basis, at least every 2-3 months, especially during the colder months.
Consider replacing your heating and/or cooling system with newer, more efficient units if they are more than 15 years old. A new unit would greatly reduce your energy consumption.
Your Home’s Lighting
Check the wattage of the light bulbs in your home and try to utilize an energy-saving, recommended bulb to reduce your lighting costs. They use about 25%-80% less energy than the traditional incandescent and they can last up to 25 times longer than the traditional incandescent. Also, always switch off lights when the room is not in use.
Your Home’s Exterior
Be sure to inspect your home’s exterior if there are any places where two different building materials meet. One example is the exterior corners, where siding and chimneys meet, or the areas where the foundation and bottom of exterior brick or siding meet. Inspect the caulking around exterior doors and windows. Exterior storm doors and primary doors should be sealed tightly. Look for any cracks and seal them with appropriate material.