What Is a Home Energy Audit & Why Should I Get One?

Were you aware that you could be spending as much as 30% more on your annual energy costs than is necessary? According to Energy.gov, that’s exactly the case! Many aspects of our home can wear down and wear out over time, be it the insulation, your ducts, the windows and doors—even your roof.

An energy audit is your ideal way of addressing all of these. Keep reading for everything you need to know.

How Does an Energy Audit Work?

At its baseline, an energy audit is a series of analyses and tests that aim to identify areas in your home that could be improved upon or added to in order to optimize energy efficiency. Each aspect is inspected from a cost versus benefit approach, and together with your assessment specialist you can then create an energy savings plan.

These plans are typically enacted over time, using a short-term and long-term plan that aims to address your issues in order from most severe (and potentially beneficial) to the more complex or less-pressing changes that could be made.

A typical audit includes:

  • Analysis of last year’s energy bills. By checking your current energy spending versus similar homes and statistical expectations of energy consumption, an analyst can get an idea of how much you could stand to save.
  • A full inspection of HVAC and appliances. This will include light fixtures, furnace combustion efficiency tests, hot water heaters, water fixtures, and more.
  • Home exterior inspections. By checking siding, eaves, and the home exterior, common causes of air leakage can be identified.
  • Insulation inspections. Many modern homes were built with a “stock” amount of insulation that may only satisfy your R-value needs for a brief period, and in older homes insulation is often worn, damaged, or even missing.
  • Duct inspections. Pinhole leaks and damaged ducts account for a staggering amount of energy loss and air quality hazards.
  • Thermographic and blower door tests. By depressurizing using a blower door, outdoor air is encouraged to infiltrate the home through unseen cracks and leak spaces. Coupled with thermographic testing and smoke pencils or other detection methods, leaks can be easily identified with precision.
  • A consultation. Once all aspects of the testing and analysis are complete, your specialist will sit down with you to discuss a course of action, noting where you stand to save energy and money as well as make home safety upgrades.

 

Why Get an Energy Audit?

Getting an audit helps to not waste money or effort. By simply making upgrades piecemeal or at random a homeowner can often completely fail to actually address the issues causing energy loss, and thus, lose a considerable amount of money and time for no benefit.

An audit is the ideal way to hone-in on exactly what your home needs. What’s more, it tells you why you need it, how it can be handled, and even includes a means of finding your ideal path to optimal benefits in the shortest time possible. In short, it’s the best way to know how to save money.

Home Energy Audits in Voorhees & Cherry Hill, NJ

In New Jersey, you may be able to finance energy-saving improvements up to $15,000 through the New Jersey Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program. Receive a seven-year, 0% interest loan up to $10,000 or a 10-year, 4.99% interest loan up to $15,000 with no prepayment penalties. We also have rebates that are available up to $4,000!

The specialists at Rubino Service Company have been handling energy audits and assessment services for our home and commercial clients for over 40 years. With the benefit of our top-class equipment and specially trained professionals, we can help you identify the best ways to make your home more comfortable and cost-efficient. Just contact us online today for your consultation!