Utility Bills High? Consider An Energy Evaluation

In an energy audit, a professional energy auditor inspects your home and goes over your utility bills to find ways you can save energy and money.

This evaluation should include:

  • A blower-door test: This determines the airtightness of your home. A powerful fan mounted to an outside door pulls air from the house, lowering the pressure inside. The outside air then flows in through cracks and openings. This allows the auditor to determine the infiltration rate.
  • Thermographic scan: Thermal energy is used to detect air leaks and loss of heat or cooling.
  • Evaluation of ALL combustion appliances in the home – furnace, boiler, hot water heater, cooking over or range, etc.  It is important to know how efficiently the existing equipment is operating to determine the proper improvement steps required to maximize your energy savings.

Prpare for your evaluation by compiling some initial information:

  • Make a list of any problems that you may have noticed, such as drafty doors and condensation on windows.
  • What temperature is your thermostat set at usually in the summer and winter?
  • How many people live in the home?
  • Is every room in the house in use?

Get your energy bills together so that the auditor knows what to look for and where to start. Answering these questions during your energy audit and an inspection of your utility bills will help you see, quite literally, how your money is flowing out the window. Walk with the auditor as he works and ask questions so that you can find out what you can do to prevent energy loss.

Currently NY state is providing FREE energy audits to most home owners!  Contact NYSERDA or CR Wolfe to find out more.

Energy Star and NYSERDA have a wealth of information on ways you can save money on energy. At C.R. Wolfe Heating and Air Conditioning we’re happy to help you improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

CR Wolfe Heating services Middletown, NY. To get started, check out our website or see our special offers.

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