Normally, an in home energy audit can cost $300 or more from many vendors, but now many electric companies from around the country are offering free energy audits to their customers. Progressive Energy offers its customers in North Carolina and Florida an audit which they call a “Home Energy Check“, and Georgia Power offers its customers a free Energy Audit. You can click on the links above on how to schedule an in home visit from a representative of the energy companies.
An energy audit assesses how much energy your home consumes and evaluates what steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient. An audit will show you problem areas of your home that can save you significant amounts of money over time when the problems are corrected. During the energy audit which is performed by an expert or a technician from your electric company can pinpoint where your house is losing energy, either heat or cool air. Audits also determine the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling systems and can show you ways to conserve hot water and electricity.
Some Audit Tips. Drafts are some of the largest culprits of energy losses. Reducing drafts in a home can save you up to 30% of your energy costs per year. Check for indoor air leaks, such as gaps along the baseboard or edge of the flooring and at junctures of the walls and ceiling. Some of the biggest culprit of energy loss comes from electrical outlets, switch plates, window frames, baseboards, weather stripping around doors, fireplace dampers, attic hatches, and wall or window-mounted air conditioners.
Small Changes. Just a few small changes in your household routines can add up over the year to big savings on your utility bills. Clean or change the air filters of your HVAC system monthly. Dirty air filters can increase operating costs by 20%. Keep your AC thermostat switched to the “auto” position when cooling. Having the fan switch “on” continuously could cost up to $25 extra a month on your electric bill.
There are tons of tips out there to help you save on your electric bill from where to plant trees in your yard, adding a programmable thermostat, and adding an insulated blanket to your hot water heater. Got another tip to share that I didn’t include? Leave a comment below….