What Is An Energy Audit – An Overview

An energy audit is an inspection, survey and analysis of energy flows for energy conservation in a building, process or system to reduce the amount of energy input into the system without negatively affecting the output. It is a service where the energy efficiency of a house is evaluated by our auditors using the latest professional equipment (such as blower doors and infrared cameras), with the aim to suggest the best ways to improve energy efficiency in heating and cooling your house.  It is the assessment of the building envelope including the walls, ceilings, floors, windows, hot water, heating and cooling systems, and electrical usage. It is the most practical way to protect your biggest asset, save money and live healthier. Our certified auditors examine these components and develop a report that accomplishes two goals:

  • Details of your energy usage

  • Provides energy-saving recommendations

Often, these recommendations are simple solutions well within the budgets and capabilities of homeowners. In addition, homes may qualify for energy rebates and incentives from federal, state, and local governments.

A home energy audit takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete, depending on the size and complexity of your house. We encourage initial discussion so the auditor can encompass occupant behavior as well as your home’s physical characteristics. Our auditors will conduct a thorough inspection of your home’s exterior, interior (living space), attic, and basement.

A home energy audit can help answer the following questions:

When you insulate your attic, should it be vented or unvented?

How should you insulate your basement?

Should you insulate your basement walls or basement ceiling?

The exhaust fans in your bathroom, should you increase the size and why?

Should you continue using conventional hot water tanks or convert to tankless?

How to prevent energy loss with the use of recessed ceiling lights?

Simply, how to save money and energy……..

Links to Additional Blogs

How Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Compare to Traditional Incandescent

http://www.energy.gov/energysaver/how-energy-efficient-light-bulbs-compare-traditional-incandescents

Buying the perfect-energy efficient light bulb

http://www.energy.gov/energysaver/articles/buying-perfect-energy-efficient-light-bulb-5-easy-steps

Test Your Lighting IQ

http://www.energy.gov/articles/quiz-test-your-lighting-iq

Sealing Air Leaks

http://www.energy.gov/energysaver/tips-sealing-air-leaks

Attic Air Sealing

http://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/downloads/building-america-top-innovations-hall-fame-profile-attic-air-sealing

Vapor Barriers

http://www.energy.gov/energysaver/vapor-barriers-or-vapor-diffusion-retarders

General Insulation Questions

http://www.energy.gov/articles/askenergysaver-insulation

General Building Envelope Questions

http://www.energy.gov/articles/askenergysaver-building-envelopes

General Weatherization Questions

http://www.energy.gov/articles/askenergysaver-weatherization

Ways to Save on Water Heating Cost

http://www.energy.gov/articles/tipsenergy-ways-save-water-heating-costs

 

Call Eko Smart Solutions today at 888.389.3551 to schedule your home energy audit.