Energy Audit Center
Make your home more energy efficient with an energy audit.
Energy auditors are specially-trained inspectors who evaluate your home to identify areas where energy efficiency improvements can save you money. Weatherization is the process of making a home more energy efficient. An auditor may recommend measures you can take to conserve energy.
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Q: What is an energy audit and weatherization?
A: Energy auditors are specially-trained inspectors who evaluate your home to identify areas where energy efficiency improvements can save you money. Weatherization is the process of making a home more energy efficient. An auditor may recommend measures you can take to conserve energy.
How much does an energy audit and weatherization cost?
Prices range from $160 to $300 depending on the size of the home. See if you qualify for a Weatherizing Assistance Program.
Q: How can I learn more about Weatherization Assistance Programs?
A: You may qualify for a free energy audit and repair work. A contractor will evaluate your home and make repairs such as weather stripping, improved insulation and caulking which can reduce your heating and cooling bills at no cost. For more information about weatherizing assistance programs (WAP) visit the Department of Energy Website.
Q: What's involved in an energy audit and weatherization?
A: Weatherization of a home typically involves the installation of attic, wall and floor insulation and sealing holes and cracks with caulking, weather-stripping and other types of materials. In addition, all furnaces, cooking stoves and water heaters receive a safety inspection. Weatherization services do not include roof replacement, siding repairs or replacement windows.
A specialist will do a baseline energy evaluation, look for air leaks using diagnostic tools, check the wall and attic insulation, doors and windows, and inspect the lighting system. The inspection will most likely include an evaluation of your water fixtures and appliances. A final report may include resources for green retrofits and suggestions on how to save energy and clean and maintain your appliances.
Q: Should I order an energy audit?
A: Yes, if you are looking for specific recommendations on how to improve heating and cooling efficiency in your home. Thorough audits make use of equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the home, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air filtration and missing insulation.
Q: Who pays for the energy audit and weatherization?
A: Either buyer or seller may pay for the audit, there is no particular custom.
Q: How do I choose an energy auditor or weatherization technician?
A: Choose a certified energy auditor to perform an in-home Comprehensive Energy Audit including a Home Energy Efficiency Rating (HERS). Start by looking for a contractor or energy auditor who has completed an energy auditing certification program like BPI or RESNET and has recent local references. Check references and ask to see certifications and insurance.