What should you look for?
Does your home often feel cold in the winter or are your utility bills higher than you think they should be? If so, the summer months are the perfect time for you to perform a home energy audit on your home. Sealing and insulating the "envelope" or "shell" of your home is often the most cost effective way to improve energy efficiency and comfort. This includes the outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors and floors.
If you are looking for someone who can perform the energy audit for you start by asking your local utility if they do audits. If the utility does not offer this service, they may be able to recommend private companies specializing in residential energy audits.
What are the benefits you could wreak from having an energy-efficient home?
- Lower utility bills
- Better health
- Less maintenance and repair
- Environmental benefits
- Increased market value
- Greater comfort
If this is something that you feel you can tackle on your own, visit http://www.energystar.gov/ for tips on conducting your own audit and making the recommended repairs.