Get some great tips over the next several months on how to do the basics of a home energy audit yourself! Starting…. NOW!
Not everyone has the time to have the Energy Audit man coming into their home, which is understandable, because the diagnostics take time. There is the visual inspection and the sit down talk about what all is going on and what you are experiencing, it is rather like going to a doctor’s appointment for your house- as it should be! Now, with this blog series, we are making a few things available to you so that you can do them yourself in order for you to understand what is going on in your home! This should serve to help save energy and create a healthier, more comfortable living environment. Over the next several months, we will provide you with some great tips and tools for starting a do it yourself energy audit process so you can be on your way to saving energy at home.
Some questions have probably popped into your mind already…
- Why would you want to do an energy audit anyway?It is a great set of diagnostic tools for understanding where your home is loosing energy and how you can create actionable solutions for correcting the problems and start saving energy and effectively money!
- What is with that big red door thing and that rather large fan? The blower door is that big red door with the fan, and it is really a big “tape measure for air.” We want to see how much air your home is leaking to the outside of the thermal envelope.
- What does it all do? Combined, all of the tests- from the blower door to the duct blaster and everything in between- a home energy audit is looking to help the homeowner understand where energy is being lost and how it can be healthily kept in the home and functionally transferred throughout the home.
- What is in it for you? When you are saving energy, you are saving money and you can also create a healthier, more comfortable living environment. Haven’t you heard when mama is happy- everybody is happy? That is totally what we want to see here! After we create the actionable plan to make the changes, you’ll totally understand what I mean by this if you don’t already! Don’t you want a healthier, more energy efficient home? I thought so…
Through this series, we’ll try to get into all of that and break it down, layman’s style… We hope you will stay tuned as we discuss some simple steps to getting started to doing your own home energy audit. You might not have all of the same fancy tools that we have, but you can definitely use your senses and gauge your comfort levels and when you’re ready to ask us questions, know that we’re here to help!
Happy do it yourself auditing! Stay tuned until next time, when we will be discussing the preparations, tools and safety tips that go into doing your own home energy audit.
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