What is an Energy Audit?
An energy audit is an inspection of a property that reveals how energy is consumed and how that consumption can be reduced, eliminated and/or made more efficient. There are two general factors to be considered in an audit: building and occupant. Building factors are those which are inherent to the property itself (e.g. presence of energy efficient lighting, insulation, etc). Occupant factors are those related to how occupants live and operate within the building (e.g. how frequently lights are turned on, thermostat settings, etc). A thorough audit will attempt to reveal the great majority, if not all, of both factors.
Energy auditors typically utilize diagnostic equipment such as thermal imagers and blower doors to both qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate your home. A thorough audit should take around two hours for the typical home and will provide you with very valuable advice on how to lower your energy bills and improve your property’s efficiency, comfort, value, and sustainability.
Why Should I Get an Energy Audit?
Most of us know about low-flow shower heads, CFLs and unplugging our cell phone chargers when not in use, but there is so much more. There are often major money drains in your attic, crawlspace, and throughout the house that a professional auditor can help locate and correct.
An energy audit is also appropriate when considering any energy efficiency or renewable energy project. The audit can help you decide whether or not these projects are truly worthwhile for your property, or if your money is best spent elsewhere.
Who to Call
As with any service, energy audits and energy auditors are not all equal. Use the green directory to find an energy auditor in your area. Look for one with HERS or BPI certification. Many auditors focus almost entirely on energy specific issues. Find an auditor who can incorporate other areas such as water, landscaping, and indoor air quality if these are important to you as well.
After you get your energy audit, Green Pro Directory will also help you find insulation contractors in your area that can implement the recommendations from the energy audit.