How To Conduct a Simple DIY Home Energy Audit


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While implementing renewable energy options at home, such as solar panels or wind turbines, can offset your energy usage and potentially reduce your utility bills, it’s a good idea to periodically check on your home’s efficiency and ensure that you’re not wasting energy unknowingly.

Performing a home energy audit is a quick, simple, effective way to reduce your carbon footprint, maintain your home, and save money on your energy bills. The following 7-step guide will help you to determine which areas of your house have room for improvement, as well as provide recommendations that you can implement for a more energy-efficient home.

Step 1: Find Air Leaks

Air leaks can let air from your heating and cooling systems out, let outside air in, and make your home drafty. Common spots for air leaks include doors, window frames, baseboards, and electrical outlets.

To determine whether or not you have an air leak, go around to the spots mentioned above and hold a feather or string in front of them. If it moves, there’s likely an air leak.

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