5 Steps to Conduct Your Home Energy Audit

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When it comes to home energy audits, most homeowners have one of two choices – hire a professional or try and do it themselves.  While hiring a professional is the best way of achieving a thorough audit, it may not be in this years’ budget (or any other for that matter).

If you’ve decided to conduct a home energy audit on your own, here are 5 tips to help you get the most out of your DIY home energy audit.

1. Locate Air Leaks

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Locate Air LeaksAccording to the U.S. Department of Energy, ‘The potential energy savings from reducing drafts in a home may range from 5% to 30% per year, and the home is generally much more comfortable afterward.’  Visit every room in your home and make a list of obvious air leaks or drafts.  Common areas where air leaks can occur are baseboard gaps, wall/ceiling junctures and door frames.  Once you have a list of indoor air leaks, repeat your investigation outside the home.  The U.S. Department of Energy has detailed information about detecting air leaks which may be helpful too.  After identifying air leak culprits, the next steps will be sealing (via plug, caulk, etc.) the leaks and/or considering ventilation.

Chase Ezell

Chase has served in various public relations, communications and sustainability roles. He is a former managing editor for Earth911.com.