Home Energy Audits: Measure Your Energy Costs and Add Up the Savings!

Whether you live in a new or old house, a home energy audit can help you discover some surprising ways to save energy — and money.



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A home energy audit can help you find some surprising ways to save energy and money.
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Energy auditor Ken Riead sets up a blower door test to measure air infiltration.
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Joshua Peterson checks to be sure the water heater is working properly.
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The author and her husband contemplate lower energy bills.
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The blower door test measures the amount of air leaking into and out of the house.
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Kevin Goldstein finds a home energy trouble spot: The attic access for this broken attic fan needs to be sealed up.
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Installing a simple product called a "pulley seal" on these windows dramatically reduces air leakage.
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Another look at the problematic attic hatch. This is a top priority to fix.
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Lots of air passes through the holes for these window pulleys.
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A first step to sealing up the attic hatch is to cover it with foamboard, but more insulation is needed.
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The basement rim joists need foamboard, caulking and then R-19 insulation.
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Don't forget to look for home energy incentives! Some rebates and tax credits for home improvements are available through government programs.
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