Energy Audits: What Homeowners Need to Know

A home energy audit can help you save money and energy. Here’s what experienced energy rater Ken Riead had to say about the process.



Window and Insulation
An energy audit can help you determine which home energy improvements are worthwhile for your home. For example, many people consider installing more energy efficient windows, but adding insulation to your home is likely to save more money and energy.
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Ken Riead
Ken Riead of Hathmore Technologies, LLC in Independence, Mo., does energy audits and has trained other energy auditors and energy raters.
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Blower Door Test
A blower door test measures air infiltration.
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Infrared Image
This infrared photograph of a home’s window shows where heat loss occurs.
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