Steps To Perform An Energy Audit For A Home

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The Federal Savings Bank offers tips on performing an energy audit at home.

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If there are leaks around windows, this could allow cold air to come in from and raise heating costs.

When asked how much energy their home consumes each month, homeowners often draw a blank. With little time to meticulously keep track of their energy consumption month to month, owners could find themselves with high utility bills from overuse of electricity. However, this doesn't always have to be this way. To save money on electricity costs, The Federal Savings Bank suggests performing an energy audit of the home to determine whether there are any inefficiencies that could result in wasted energy.

The Compiled List Of Tips For Performing The Energy Audit Are As Follows:

Decide on a do-it-yourself or professional energy audit
When homeowners decide they want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, they have the option of hiring a professional energy auditor or doing a self-check. The U.S. Department of Energy notes that DIY energy audits may not be as comprehensive as having a professional utilize his or her experience and skills on the job. However, a DIY approach could still help homeowners find ways to save money and upgrade their homes.

Find sources of energy waste
Even when homeowners use the most energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs, there is still the chance that their homes could still have window or door leaks or areas of the home that contribute to energy waste. If there are leaks around windows, this could allow cold air to come in from and raise heating costs. To check whether the home has window leaks, for example, close all windows as well as exterior doors and then light a stick of incense, according to This Old House. Hover the incense near the rim of the window and determine whether there is air that moves the smoke from the incense.

Find solutions for energy upgrades
If there are air leaks around windows, pipes and even wiring, use caulk and weatherstripping to close the gaps.

Contact The Federal Savings Bank, a veteran owned bank, to learn more about mortgages.

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