What Is a Home Energy Savings Audit?
October 27th, 2016
October 27th, 2016
The average American household spends about $2,000 annually on energy costs, according to the Energy Information Administration. As your home gets older, your home’s equipment, such as your heating and cooling system, gets older, too. As the years go by and you don’t upgrade your home or equipment to more energy-efficient models, you’re likely wasting lots of energy – and money. To determine if your home is energy efficient, you can hire an certified energy professional to perform an energy-efficiency audit to determine what areas of your property need improvement.
A home energy savings audit, also called a home energy assessment, is a room-by-room review to assess how much energy your home consumes. While you can perform a rudimentary assessment yourself, a professional energy assessment performed by a certified energy auditor is more in-depth and uses more scientific diagnostics, such as:
To thoroughly inspect your home, the energy auditor may use other tools like gas leak detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, kill-a-watt meters and lead-safe testing kits.
Once your home’s evaluation is complete, the certified energy auditor will make recommendations for energy-efficiency improvements you can make to your home, like:
Remember, an energy-efficient home is a comfortable home. Plus, you can save 5% to 30% on your energy bill by making efficiency upgrades recommended by a professional energy auditor. Now, who doesn’t love to save money?
If you need a home improvement loan to help you make energy-efficiency improvements to your home, contact the mortgage specialists at Grandview Lending in Indianapolis to see if you qualify for a FHA 203(k) Rehab Home Mortgage. Available to both home buyers and homeowners who want to refinance, the 203(k) loan combines a traditional home improvement loan with a standard FHA mortgage, so homeowners can borrow their renovation costs. A FHA 203(k) mortgage loan may be the perfect option for you.
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