You might turn off the lights whenever you leave a room and switch off your computer at the end of the day, but are there more energy savings that could be made? Ben Schern is owner of the Arizona-based Target Building Inspections and partners with "HEAT" an Arizona Energy auditing firm owned by Jason Owsley which has an expertise in increasing energy efficiency, producing renewable energy and designing backup power solutions for your home or business. Here, he talks about what a home energy audit can do for you, especially when it comes to saving money.
A home energy audit is a way we evaluate all your energy needs, as well as your current energy spending. We review of someone's house in which we perform several tests to ascertain how they are doing, then we make recommendations based on our findings.
One of our tests is a blower door test. We hook a big fan into the opening of one of their entry doors and blow all the air out of their house in order to inspect for air leaks. We also use thermal imaging cameras and do a complete scan of their house, looking for things such as air leaks, moisture issues and insulation issues.
We then carry out gas combustion tests in order to look at the efficiency of natural gas-burning devices such as hot water heaters, furnaces and boilers. Also, as part of a home energy audit, we look at their electric and natural gas bills to ultimately figure out how many BTUs per square foot that home uses.
We also inspect all of the lighting in the home to see if any efficiency could be gained in the lighting, and we will inspect electrical use and appliances to see if any efficiency gains can be made there. We will look at insulation, inspect all the windows and doors, and we are also look at all the heating and cooling systems as well as water heating. Finally, we will look at home health and safety issues.
At the end of this process, we compile a report, letting you know how efficient or inefficient your home is, as well as make recommendations about what you can do to improve this. It is amazing what findings come out of certain houses.
More and more people are coming to us just because they want to know how efficient their house is, and what they can do it improve it. Also, if people are considering doing major remodeling or upgrades on their home, they want to know where they can get the best bang for their buck.
A home energy audit will take about half a day in your home. It is most definitely worth the money and time because of its potential cost savings. And the energy-saving tips we give at the end of the inspection will pay for itself many, many times over.