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Home Energy Audits

How to Conduct your own Home Energy Audit

 

   You can do a simple home energy audit yourself to get a general idea of where you may be having problems with energy loss. Make a list of obvious potential air leaks such as doors and windows. Make a list of each room you inspect and any problems that are found. Check electrical outlets,wall switches, window frames, baseboards, and wall or window air conditioners. If doors or windows rattle, or have gaps, they need re-caulked or weather stripping needs applied. Try lighting a candle or an incense stick and hold it in front of the window or door. Even if there are no visible gaps, a slight leak can be found this way. Check around the pipes and wires for any gaps. Check the foundation seal to make sure there is adequate caulking in good condition. Storm windows should fit snugly. Reducing the drafts in your home can save you 5% to 30% in a year.

    Losing heat through the ceilings, walls, and attic can be quite a big problem if there is inadequate insulation. At the time your house was built the recommended amount of insulation was installed. This is most likely not adequate now with older homes, as the price of fuel continues to go up. When inspecting the attic, check to insure  the vent pipes,chimney areas, duct work, and vents are sealed. If there are gaps seal them with expanding foam caulk. Look under the attic insulation for a vapor barrier such as tar paper or plastic sheeting.This prevents moisture from passing through the ceiling and reducing the efficiency of the insulation. Be sure not to block the vents themselves  with insulation.

     Lighting your home is about 10% of your electric bill. Check the wattage size of the light bulbs in every room. There may be 100 watt bulbs being used when a 60 watt bulb would work just as well. There are energy efficient flouresent bulbs that use a fraction of what a regular bulb uses. These are a good choice for lights that are left on for long periods of time. Turn off lights when you are not in the room for an extended period of time. Dimmer switches can be easily installed and are another option for saving energy.  You could even install a motion sensor light switch or one with a timer. For more information on doing your own home energy audit see www.energysavers.gov/your_​home/​energy_​audits/index.cfm/​mytopic=11170.

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Mr. Dan Linderman is an incredibly professional and very knowledgeable person as well as a home inspector. When he arrived at the home he greeted my wife and I with nothing but a firm handshake and bright smile. He spoke with us for a few minutes and got right to the inspection. He brought us into the home and went over with us everything he was about to do and asked if we had any questions and said if I'd like to walk with him while he did the inspection, I was more than welcome. While going through everything he was telling me what he was doing while teaching and showing me things I didn't know as well as letting me know what to look for as the years pass, on the house (deterioration, cracks as the house settles, pipes ect.) The overall inspection was absolutely awesome and once he finished up, he stayed and talked with us for a little while and answered any questions we had. I would recommend Mr. Linderman and Tri-State Property Inspections to anyone including my close family and friends, they combine good faith and workmanship and that is what I was looking for.

R.C., Ooltewah, TN

Last updated on  Nov 27, 2012