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What Is An Energy Audit?

By Recyclebank |

An audit can improve your energy efficiency and save you money.

Dear Recyclebank,

What exactly is an energy audit?

-Michelle B., Piscataway, NJ

An energy audit (or assessment) is a way of determining how much energy your home uses. Learning your biggest energy drains can help you discover ways to improve your energy efficiency and save on your bills.

The auditing process involves a room-by-room inspection of your home to find areas where energy may be wasted, such as air and fuel leaks and insulation issues. The process can involve tools like a blower door (a large fan that depressurizes the area to check for air leakage) and an infrared scan. An auditor will also look at your past bills to determine your base energy consumption. Once the assessment is complete, the auditor will be able to make recommendations on how to upgrade your home to fix any efficiency or safety issues.

The directories on the ENERGY STAR and RESNET web sites are good places to start in locating a professional to conduct an audit. You can also use the ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick to perform a basic self-assessment and get tips for improving your home, though you’ll need your utility bills for the past 12 months to do so.


Have you had an energy audit done in your home? What did you find out? Tell us in the comments.

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  • Janis B. 2 years ago
    Bought high efficiency everything
  • Dave R. 3 years ago
    Bought high efficiency air conditioning and pool pump when replacement was needed and reduced electricity consumption by 20%.
  • Ellen G. 3 years ago
    thermostat at 66 in winter
  • Florence N. 4 years ago
    I use low wattage bulbs ,turn off bulbs when I leave a room and check to make sure that the cellar lights are all off turned down the heat on my hot water heater and use only cold water to do the wash.
  • Robin K. 5 years ago
    We have a pellet stove and it keeps the house pretty warm. But I think having a energy audit would be a good idea..
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