House feeling as drafty as your 401K lately? No worries, an energy audit can help with both of them. ENERGY STAR defines an energy audit as an assessment of your energy uses, thereby uncovering ‘measures you can take to improve efficency.’ You can consult a professional auditor, or you can do a quick do-it-yourself with the help of ENERGY STAR and their Home Energy Yardsticks. To use the on-line audit, you’ll need to provide some information about your home, like any additional energy sources and they year the house was built, as well as 12 months of your utility bills.
For a more thorough audit, you can hire a professional. To see the in’s and out’s of this rigorous investigation, check out the video below. Although it’s aimed at the real estate professional, the video gives a great example of the lengths the pros go to.
If you decide a pro is necessary, first contact your utility company to see if they offer free or discounted energy audits. If they don’t, you want to hire a certified Home Energy Rater to do the audit. To find one, visit ENERGY STAR for Homes Partner Locator.