As a follow-up to our last blog, How to Prepare for an Energy Audit, this time we’re going to tell you how you can do some of the work yourself! A DIY energy audit won’t necessarily replace the more thorough audit offered by a professional, but you CAN conduct your own simple home walk-through to […]
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Handy tools such as this energy meter are helpful in a DIY energy audit!
A DIY energy audit won’t necessarily replace the more thorough audit offered by a professional, but you CAN conduct your own simple home walk-through to pinpoint where energy is being wasted. You’ll come away from the process with a better idea of what areas in your home to address to conserve energy.
As you walk through your home keep a list of areas you have inspected, and note what problems you find. The list will later help you determine what issues to address. Here are a few items to evaluate:
While you may not have access to all the tools a professional energy auditor does, there are several cool tools on the market that may make your DIY energy audit easier and more thorough.
is an affordable thermal imaging camera that uses an infrared sensor array to show a heat map and the temperature of an area. It connects to iPads and iPhones or Android phones using Bluetooth.
The Kill A Watt detector
measures how much power your appliances or electronics are drawing even when the device is not in use. Testing appliances for how much energy they are wasting will encourage you to unplug such devices when they are not in use; plugging often used appliances into power strips makes it easier to switch the power off each night.
Some utilities offer a program where homeowners can control their energy usage with a digital energy management system. The system requires you to hook your appliances and electronics into smart plugs or relays which transfer information to a control panel. The device offers real-time information on your usage, so you can immediately determine what appliances are costing you the most money. Check with your local utility, and ask if they offer a similar program.
Your local government or utility may offer a free DIY Energy Audit guide, like this one
from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development.
If you have the last 12 months of utility bills on hand, use the ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick
. You’ll enter basic information about your home, and the tool will compare your home’s energy efficiency against similar homes. Finally, the tool will recommend some energy-saving home improvements.