A DIY energy audit won’t just help you save energy, your wallet is also sure to reap the rewards!
Make a list of every room in your home, and then do a walkthrough. As you exit each room, note any problems you spotted or areas with room for improvement—is there a drafty window, are the heating vents clear, are your lamps stocked with energy-efficient lights, are any appliances due for an upgrade?
At the end of your walkthrough, glance through your list. Star a few of the items that seem easy to tackle, and start there. You’ll feel accomplished after crossing a few items off your to-do list!
If the DIY method isn’t for you, consider hiring a professional energy auditor to help identify where you could be saving energy in your home—some utility companies will even offer this service free of charge! Once you’ve found an auditor and scheduled a visit, prepare by identifying any areas in your home with existing problems, like drafty rooms with potential air leaks. Also, be sure to have copies of your energy bills handy.
- For more tips on conducting a DIY energy audit, click here.
- See how you measure up to your energy-efficient neighbors with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Home Energy Yardstick!
- Create a home-energy profile with Energy Star’s Home Adviser to get customized recommendations for improving your home’s energy use.
- Are you a renter? Ask your landlord to consider hiring a home-energy professional to look into ways to improve your building’s efficiency. You can find a professional energy auditor in your area with the Residential Energy Services Network or contact your state’s energy or weatherization office for a recommendation!