Fall-ish temps have moved into Iowa the last few weeks, which means winter is not all that far behind. What else does it mean?…..It’s time for an energy audit so you can save energy yet still stay warm throughout the colder months. While some energy companies may perform an energy audit free of charge we […]
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While some energy companies may perform an energy audit free of charge we recommend a DIY energy audit as a great place to start.
The main reasons to conduct an energy audit yourself is to save money, but also to give you a hands-on experience in your energy usage so even if you do hire a company for an audit you’ll better understand the auditor’s evaluation and recommendations. As well once you’ve conducted your own audit, you’ll be more prepared to talk to a professional so you can ensure your home has a thorough audit.
You can pay a professional Home Energy Auditor to conduct an energy audit as well. A professional auditor uses more precise equipment to perform a thorough audit, including using blower doors to measure the extent of leaks or using infrared cameras to better reveal leaks and missing insulation. A professional audit may cost $300 to $500, but contact your local energy utility to see if they offer discounts. To find a certified Home Energy Rater, visit the ENERGY STAR for Homes Partner Locator