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The U.S. Department of Energy says every $1 invested in an energy improvement project can save up to $7 in energy costs over the lifetime of the improvement. It’s an important investment, and that is why the Alliance to Save Energy has provided a few helpful tips for homeowners seeking an energy audit.
Choosing a Professional Energy Contractor
Ready for your energy audit? Contact your utility company. Many utilities offer discounts and recommend individual energy auditors. You can also find energy auditors at the Residential Energy Services Network or the Building Performance Institute.
But before contracting with an energy auditing company, you should:
Get the Most Out of Your Home Audit
Once you’ve chosen your energy auditor, ensure you get the most out of the visit by:
Home Energy Assessment Follow-up
Upon completing the home energy assessment, the energy auditor recommends improvements ranging from simple, low-cost solutions to full retrofits that require a big investment. Find out how long it will take for home improvements to begin “paying for themselves.” Keep in mind that while the energy auditor can make recommendations, the progress and savings rest on the changes you choose to make.
Remember, you don’t pay for energy you don’t use. By getting a thorough assessment of energy gaps in your home, you can make your home more energy efficient, lower your bills and be more comfortable.