Looking to save money on your home?  That’s a silly question, of course, everyone is, homeownership can be costly.  One of the best things you can do is a home energy audit or energy evaluation.  A home energy audit is a process that helps you to identify where your home is losing energy and what steps you can take to improve energy efficiency and, can potentially save you 5% to 30% on your energy bill once you make any of the audit’s suggested changes to your home.

Not only can a home energy audit help you save money, but it can point out any hazards such as small gas leaks, make recommendations on helping your home become more “green” and help you learn how to reap the benefits of utility rebates.

Getting an energy audit or energy assessment of your home is the first step to see what’s really going on within your home when it comes to energy use (or misuse). You can perform a home energy audit on your own, or you can hire someone to come in and perform a more professional approach.  Either way, a home energy audit is something that every homeowner should be doing every two to three years in order to ensure maximum efficiency and spending.

If you choose the DIY approach be prepared with at least two years of past utility bills, electric, water, heat, etc., keep in mind processing a home energy audit can be relatively simple, but time consuming.  Go through these bills month by month, analyze when you used energy in low, mid and high peak periods and identify what the energy was used for.  Go through each of the bills and figure out if there was any room to save money that month.  Next, take action, fix any air leaks ensure proper insulation, change out any old appliances with energy efficient ones evaluate weatherstripping.

To take your energy audit to the next level, hire a professional.  During a professional energy audit, a technician will come to your home and spend a few hours going from room-to-room, from top to bottom, both inside and out to detect sources of energy loss. They’ll use special tools and technology that will help them identify areas of your home where there are any energy leaks or waste.

A professional will test areas that you may not have considered or wanted to; like checking for drafts in the chimney and HVAC ducts, testing for fuel leaks in the furnace and its blower and insulation on the water heater tank.

The benefit of hiring a professional is after the visit you will get a comprehensive energy report.  At this point, it is up to you to decide what to fix, change or what items take priority.  And remember that many utility companies will provide rebates for any work you get done after the audit. (Remember you’ll get a rebate for the audit too!).

And as great as it is to save money when your household adopts small energy saving methods you are helping bring down energy consumption overall and helping to make this planet safe for our future generations to come.