Skyrocketing utility bills are common in all parts of the country these days. If you’re experiencing shock whenever you open your latest statement from your utility company, it may be time to schedule an energy audit. An energy audit identifies areas of high energy use and suggests way to keep these within reasonable cost. Following are just some of the many ways that an energy audit can help residents of Bellingham, MA, save money on utility costs.
What an Audit Does
A home energy audit provides you with an assessment of how much energy your home is using and where. To get the most from an energy audit, you need to prepare by providing the auditor with a list of problems you’ve been experiencing in your home environment. For instance, the list might include drafts in certain parts of your home, areas of dampness, or uneven heating. The auditor will evaluate your home interior and try to pinpoint the source of these problems. Auditors may use technical tools such as thermographic scans to get the most accurate information available.
How You Can Save
Fortunately, most energy saving solutions are relatively easy to implement. For instance, the biggest cause of heat loss in older homes is substandard insulation. You can save as much as 30 percent on your heating bills if you have new insulation installed in your home, and you can often get tax credits by doing so to help defray the overall costs. An energy audit can also help determine how much heat or cool air you are losing via windows and doors that aren’t properly sealed. Household appliances may also be included in the audit. If your refrigerator, stove, and other appliances are over 10 years old, you may want to consider replacing them.
If you find that you’re losing energy from your HVAC systems, give your Bellingham HVAC experts a call. We’re happy to check it out for you.