13 Oct How Home Energy Audits Protect Your Home and Family(Last Updated On: October 13, 2016)
Do you ever hear wind whistling through your windows? Does the sound make you feel like you live in a haunted house? While your home is probably not haunted by ghosts, the real problem is just as scary.
You could be losing a lot of energy in your home due to leaky doors, windows and ductwork. Even the appliances in your home could be using up energy when not in use. How can you know how much energy your home consumes? By having a home energy audit done.
These assessments can show you how much energy your home consumes and what you can do to make your home more energy efficient. In the end, these assessments will help you save money and improve the comfort of your home.
SolvIt helps homeowners find ways to save energy and savings with our home energy checkups.
Drafty Windows and Doors
We don’t know how much energy we are expending when we have leaky doors and windows in our home. This is especially true during the summer and winter months when we use our air conditioners and heating systems. As the air inside leaks out through drafty windows and doors that are meant to keep that air in, our systems expend more energy trying to keep our home cool or warm.
We know how important it is to you that you keep your family healthy and safe. By having your doors and windows checked for leaks, you can rest assured that the allergens of the summer and the icy fingers of the winter can’t get into your home and make your family sick.
During your home energy audit, a technician will pinpoint those drafts and leaks. You’ll notice a difference in the comfort of your home as well as the comfort of your energy savings.
Water Heaters, Furnaces, Heating and Cooling
Heating, cooling and hot water take up quite a lot of our home energy usage – more than half! If you look at that in terms of your utility bills, the spending could be frightening. But, the savings can be fantastic as well.
During your home energy assessment, a technician will perform a safety check on your water heater and furnace. The ductwork in your home will be checked for leaks to improve your forced air heating and air conditioning.
Your Home’s Jacket – Insulation
Do you ever spend nights covering yourself with blankets, shivering, only to toss them off soon after, covered in sweat? This may be a problem with your insulation.
You could be losing heat through your ceiling and walls if your insulation is less than the recommended minimum. Older homes may not meet the minimum as they would have been built when the minimum was different. Many people living in an older home don’t think about the insulation, but this is a potential energy and money saving opportunity.
Insulation, just like when you wrap your children in those big, puffy jackets in the winter, helps keep warm air inside. It also helps keep the cool air in during the summer months. By making sure your insulation is up to code, you are not only protecting your home and energy, but your family as well.
Save with Energy-Efficient Lighting
How many times a day are you turning off lights that your children left on? Did you know that, depending on the type of light bulbs you have in your home, you could be racking up your electricity bill?
During the assessment, light bulbs may be replaced to incorporate low energy bulbs. We have all heard over the last decade or so about how switching to energy-efficient light bulbs helps reduce our carbon footprint, but if being environmentally friendly isn’t enough to get you on this bandwagon, how about the money saving benefits?
While energy-efficient light bulbs use 75-85% less energy than incandescent and halogen alternatives, they will also help you save significantly, where right now, lighting costs most homeowners nearly 20% of their electric bill. These lights use less energy, but they are just as bright. That’s a pretty dramatic savings and a good reason to switch to energy-efficient lighting.
You may still be turning lights off that your children deemed unworthy of their attention, but at least you won’t have to worry about using up too much energy.
Water-Saving Faucets and Showerheads
Teenagers tend to take long showers. Young children often play in the sink, running the water as they make mass amounts of bubbles. And what adult doesn’t enjoy the peace and quiet of a hot shower or a long, leisurely soak in the tub?
But that running faucet? The long shower? The hot bath? Those things use energy and cost money.
Hot water usage can be a burden on your energy savings, so your technician may also assess and offer a solution to save energy here by installing slow-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. Over time, these things will save you money and help you to consume less energy!
We may have had an easy winter last year, but don’t wait for this winter to rear its ugly head. Start saving on energy costs and provide the safest, most comfortable home for your family beginning this winter by scheduling an appointment for a home energy audit today!