A home energy audit can help you find out your home’s energy consumption and identify areas where it is being wasted. While professional home energy audits are highly recommended, there are some things you can do yourself to audit your home’s energy usage.
The first step you should take when conducting your home energy audit is to inspect your home for leaks. Leaks can go unnoticed for months — even years — silently placing a major strain on your energy budget. Knowing where to look can help prevent leaks and allow you to fix them before they cause any more problems. Visually inspect the following areas for cracks and gaps that could be causing air leaks:
- Indoor leaks
- Plumbing fixtures
- Electrical outlets
- Fireplace dampers
- Outdoor water faucets
Examine Ducts and Vents
Ductwork that is outdated or improperly maintained is highly susceptible to tears and leaks. Closing AC vents further exacerbates duct leaks — and leads to more HVAC repairs.
- Look for tears in your air ducts
- Ensure all air vents are open and unobstructed
Lighting in your home accounts for about 10 percent of your energy bill. With that in mind, using less lighting during the daytime can help reduce your energy consumption. But, the type of light bulbs you use to light your home matter too. Opt for energy-efficient bulbs like energy-saving incandescents, compact fluorescent bulbs, or LEDs. Additionally, using light sensors, dimmers, and timers can help eliminate overusing home lighting.
Electronics and Appliances
The electronics and appliances you use in your home play a significant role in your energy costs. Examine how many appliances and electronics are plugged in and using electricity. Consider reducing the energy usage of these by trying the following strategies:
- Unplug electronics that are not in use
- Take a break from electronics for a couple of hours every day
- Replace old appliances with newer, energy-efficient models
- Turn off the TV when no one is watching it
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