Whether you’re concerned about the size of your carbon footprint or your monthly energy bills, an energy audit of your home or business can help you take the necessary steps to maximize energy efficiency and save up to 50 percent on your energy bill. An audit will:
- Examine your home or office for energy efficiency by performing a series of tests, evaluating appliances and studying energy usage history
- Identify opportunities for improvement, often with estimated costs
- Educate you on new technology and ideas for ongoing energy conservation
Once the audit is performed, you’ll have a baseline evaluation to compare your progress with as well as a blueprint to get you moving in the right direction. Whether it’s replacing leaking windows or just a little more insulation in the attic, you’ll have real ideas that will make a real difference.
How Efficient Are You?
The first step of the audit is a careful look at your home or office, paying close attention to these key areas:
- Air Conditioner
- Water Heater
- Attic Insulation
- Duct System
- Air Infiltration
The end result of this examination will be a HERS score, a standardized energy efficiency system that compares your home or office to current standards. Along with the HERS score, the report will offer detailed advice about each audit item, describing potential improvements along with related cost and savings information. To learn more, read a sample report. Once you have your report, you can decide what repairs and changes make sense for your budget and lifestyle. The great news is you can usually make several of the improvements on your own.
If you’re not a Direct Energy customer, contact your provider to see what audit resources are available in your area. If you are a Direct Energy customer, you can:
Direct Energy customers are eligible for big discount on the price of your audit, so contact us today!
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