Energy Audits

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Energy Audits
Tue, 05-13-2008 - 10:05am

The results from an energy audit are specific to your own home and can have dramatic effects on your planned or unplanned home renovations and help identify areas where you are wasting money (and energy) every year on your electric, heating and water bills.

from http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/energy_audits/index.cfm/mytopic=11160

A home energy audit is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. An audit will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time. During the audit, you can pinpoint where your house is losing energy. Audits also determine the efficiency of your home's heating and cooling systems. An audit may also show you ways to conserve hot water and electricity. You can perform a simple energy audit yourself, or have a professional energy auditor carry out a more thorough audit.

A professional auditor uses a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of a structure. Thorough audits often use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.

Here you'll find the following information:

Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audits http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/energy_audits/index.cfm/mytopic=11170

Professional Home Energy Audits
http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/energy_audits/index.cfm/mytopic=11180



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