Home Energy Audit Checklist Home Energy Audit Checklist

Whether you are planning to go solar or just planning to save some money by trimming your electricity costs, a home energy audit is a must. A complete audit of all the energy consumed in your home is the first essential tool to both trimming your power costs and looking for alternative energy options for your home. For this you need a checklist that you can go through. The checklist given below has been designed for home owners to use by themselves. It does not require any fancy equipment and can yet save you tons of money in your energy bills each month.

Lights

One of the easiest ways to ensure that you save money on electricity is to change from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lights. This will save you a lot of money without inconveniencing you in any way. Also check if you need say 100 watt lights in a given area. Often 75 watts will be sufficient for the task at hand.

Air Leaks

Next locate or air leaks into and from your home. These draughts or drafts have been dramatically increasing your heating and cooling bills over time. By sealing the gaps from where these drafts occur, you can cut your heating and cooling bills dramatically.

Check for air leaks at the edge of the floorboard and at junctures of the wall and ceiling. Other areas where air leaks typically occur and need to be checked for include electrical outlets, window frames, baseboard, switch plates, weather stripping around doors, fireplace dampers, air conditioners, especially wall or window mounted ones, and attic hatches. If you feel a draft around any of these places note it down in your book and include it in the list of repairs that need to be tackled as soon as possible.

Check windows and doors for air leaks by rattling them. If they rattle then look for the spots were the leaks are occurring.

From the outside you need to inspect areas where two different building materials meet. This includes the chimney area, exterior corners, and where the foundation of the building meets the exterior brick or siding.

Next, you need to plug and caulk all vents for wiring, faucets, pipes, and so on. Look for holes in the foundation, siding, and mortar and seal them.

Insulation

Another great way to save on heating and cooling costs is to insulate your home properly. Again, you will see a dramatic difference in your heating and cooling bills if this is done properly. Check your attic and see that you have the recommended level of insulation. Older homes were built with lower levels of insulation. So, if you live in an older home, you will need to upgrade your levels of insulation.

If your basement is not heated, install insulation above the basement, so that heat does not seep into your unlived in basement. Again this will save you a considerable amount in heating costs.

Heating and Cooling Equipment

Heating and cooling equipment consume more electricity than lighting does. So by ensuring that these equipment are functioning optimally will save you a lot of money. Get these equipment serviced regularly and upgrade them to Energy Star rated appliances if you can. Check all the filters of these equipment and clean them regularly. Get these equipment serviced professionally at least once a year.

Also, consider installing a programmable thermostat in your home and for the water heater. By adjusting these to levels where you are comfortable, you will be saving money as well.

Conclusion

A complete energy audit of your home along with the steps to plug all loopholes that waste energy will save you a lot of money on your electricity bills. With the cost of energy only expected to go up in the future, now is the right time for you to conduct an energy audit and save yourself money without penny pinching.      

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