Energy Audits, Home Weatherization, and Home Efficiency Checkups

Energy Audit, Home Weatherization, and Home Efficiency Checkup Advantages
Many Americans know that their homes are already using more energy than necessary, but an Energy Audit and Home Efficiency Checkup by a home Energy Saving Professional, provides you with the details on the areas of savings, and often the support contractors in your area that can implement those saving recommendations. Home weatherization and insulation all around are typically solutions for your home energy inefficiency problems.

What is Home Weatherization?
Home Weatherization or weatherproofing is the practice of protecting a building and its interior from the elements, particularly from sunlight, precipitation, and wind, and of modifying a home to reduce energy consumption and optimize home energy efficiency.

How Does the Air Escape?
Air infiltrates into and out of your home through every hole, nook, and cranny. About one-third of this air infiltrates through openings in your ceilings, walls, and floors. One of the quickest dollar-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal, and weatherstrip all seams, cracks, and openings to the outside. You can save as much as 10% on your heating and cooling bill by reducing the air leaks in your home.

Sources of Air Leaks in Your Home
Areas that leak air into and out of your home cost you lots of money. You can check the areas listed below, but by having an energy auditor or home efficiency consultant come out to your house, you can learn the details on the amount of loss and the potential for savings by implementing energy saving tactics for any one of these items:

  1. Dropped ceiling
  2. Recessed light
  3. Attic entrance
  4. Sill plates
  5. Water and furnace flues
  6. All ducts
  7. Door frames
  8. Chimney flashing
  9. Window frames
  10. Electrical outlets and switches
  11. Plumbing and utility access

Data Source: Given variations in energy consumption and house size, results will naturally vary. The data is based on comprehensive local and national research and a combination of reports from the U.S. Department of Energy, the EPA, ENERGY STAR® for Homes Program, US Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes Program, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and information directly from University Studies, and Homeowners with actual Performance Feedback.

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