|What is a Home Energy Assessment?|
A home energy assessment, sometimes called a home energy audit, is the first step to cutting your energy bills. Making the recommended energy efficiency upgrades is what leads to energy savings.
A home energy assessment takes a whole-house approach to energy efficiency to identify where the biggest energy efficiency gains can be made. The assessment analyzes how all the elements of your home work together to affect the amount of energy you use. The result is a top-to-bottom look at where your home is wasting energy and a report detailing the recommended home energy improvements you should make.
A helps you learn how you and your home , determine where energy is being wasted and prioritize your efficiency upgrades. Making energy efficiency upgrades identified in a home energy assessment can save 5% - 30% on your monthly energy bill while also ensuring the health and safety of your house.
Every assessment must be performed by a contractor who is a recognized Building Performance Institute (BPI) contractor. These contractors are specially trained and experienced in the use of state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to provide you with an unparalleled, comprehensive analysis of your home’s energy efficiency.
During a professional energy assessment, a certified contractor analyzes your energy bills, completes visual, health and safety inspections, and may use special equipment — such as a blower door and an infrared camera — to detect sources of energy loss. Based on this information, an energy assessment will provide you with a comprehensive home energy report that shows which energy efficiency upgrades are best for your home and your potential energy savings.
Customize a plan to lower your energy bills. After the assessment, you will review the results with an energy advisor and/or contractor to determine which home energy improvements make the most sense for you. These can include everything from adding insulation and energy-efficient light bulbs to installing a high-efficiency furnace and ENERGY STAR certified appliances.