Energy Audits

By
Home Inspector with Golden State Home Inspections



WHAT IS AN ENERGY AUDIT
An energy audit is the first step to assess how much energy your home or business consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take your home or business more energy efficient, by performing a room by room examination of a structure as well as a thorough examination of past utility bills. An audit will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time. During the audit, you can pinpoint where you are losing energy. Audits also determine the efficiency of the heating and cooling systems. An audit may also show you ways to conserve hot water and electricity.

At Golden State Energy Consultants, we use a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of a structure. Thorough audits often use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.

PREPARING FOR AN ENERGY AUDIT
Before the energy auditor visits your house or office make a list of any existing problems such as condensation
and uncomfortable or drafty rooms. Have copies or a summary of your yearly energy bills. (Your utility can get these for you.) Auditors use this information to establish what to look for during the audit. The auditor first examines the outside of the home or office to determine the size of the structure and its features (i.e., wall area, number and size
of windows). The auditor then will analyze the occupants behavior.

  • Is anyone home during working hours?

  • What is the average thermostat setting for summer and winter?

  • How many people live or work here?

  • Is every room in use?

Your answers may help uncover some simple ways to reduce your home or office energy consumption. Be sure to walk through with the auditor as they work, and ask questions.

When Should You Have a Home Energy Audit Performed?
Here are the Top Ten Reasons that every homeowner should keep in mind:

When should you have a home energy audit performed?
  • Before you sell your home
  • Before you buy a home
  • Before installing solar or renewable energy systems
  • Before replacing your heating or AC system
  • Before you renovate your home
Why a home energy audit?


  • In order to increase your home’s value
  • To lower utility bills for the life of your home
  • If your home has comfort issues
  • If there are ventilation or health problems
  • If you wish to improve the environment

Let an independent energy consultant at Golden State Energy Consultants guide you toward optimizing your homes energy issues should any of these situations apply to you. Contact Us

Comments (2)

Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

This may become a requirement for all home sales, in the near future.    It's being experimented with, in a few Board jurisdictions, in my area.     If successfully adopted, means it will be required info when inputting an mls listing.

Apr 18, 2010 04:08 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Craig - Thank you for sharing a very good blog about Energy Audits.

John

Apr 18, 2010 04:22 AM