Learn the basics of conducting a home energy audit before you contract the work out — track your appliances' energy use, demo the tools of the trade, and discover "phantom loads." Then, learn what low-hanging fruit of energy efficiency you can apply to your home based on the audit, from caulking to attic insulation.
Kale Roberts is an Assistant Editor with MOTHER EARTH NEWS. From 2007 to 2010, he worked as an energy specialist with Northern California's Redwood Coast Energy Authority and interned with Washington, D.C.'s Alliance to Save Energy. In both roles, he performed small business and institution energy audits and evaluated hundreds of residential homes for lighting efficiency.
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