In honor of Earth Day tomorrow, we put together this Home Energy Audit Checklist.
Looking for some eco-friendly ideas for your home this year? Our Home Energy Audit Checklist offers effective strategies for boosting energy efficiency and creating a more sustainable home. Take a look today!
#1: HVAC Systems and Equipment
Your furnace is subjected to dirt and debris which can cause the air filter to become clogged, leading to issues with your system. The fan blades will be obstructed by dust particles which makes it work slower than usual and waste electricity in the process. To make sure your machine runs optimally, replacing filters every three months (or as needed) should help immensely. For even greater efficiency, think about investing in washable or permanent filters – just ensure they are washed regularly during peak heating/cooling months before letting them dry off completely before re-inserting them into position!
#2: Water Heating
Do you want to save on your energy bills? According to the Department of Energy, water heating makes up approximately 20% of a home’s total energy consumption. By reducing hot water usage, utilizing cost-effective strategies and installing an energy-efficient pool heater in your house, you can drastically cut down on monthly expenses!
You could be losing a significant amount of heat or air conditioning if your house is poorly insulated. Maximize your energy efficiency by installing insulation in the attic, caulking windows for airtight seals and replacing weather stripping around doors. Insulating pipes, ducts and outlets helps to prevent wasted air loss as well – all of which means less work for your HVAC system! To find out more about where you can make improvements, consider hiring an expert to conduct a home energy audit.
Making your appliances more energy efficient is an important step in making your home more environmentally friendly. One of the most effective ways to do this is through the use of smart technology, such as smart thermostats and appliances that are enabled with Wifi or Bluetooth. Smart technology can help you track energy usage and make adjustments to reduce it where needed. Additionally, look for appliances that have an Energy Star rating, as these are certified to be more energy efficient than their non-Energy Star counterparts. Taking the time to research your appliance’s energy usage before you purchase it can save you money in the long run, and help reduce your home’s environmental impact.
LED lighting is one of the most effective ways to make your home more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. LED lights are significantly more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, using up to 85% less energy. Furthermore, they can last up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs and emit very little heat, resulting in lower energy bills. Additionally, LED lights are available in a variety of colors, styles, and brightness levels, making them ideal for any room.
#6: Windows and Doors
According to the Department of Energy, “Windows, doors, and skylights—also known as fenestration—are significant components in a home’s envelope. Ensuring they are as energy efficient as possible can save energy; reduce heating, cooling, and lighting costs; and improve the comfort of your home.”
#7: Air Sealing
Whether you’re looking for ways to save money, increase your home’s longevity, make it more comfortable, or improve the air quality within – caulking and weatherstripping are simple yet powerful methods of reducing air leakage in and out of your house. These cost-efficient solutions can offer immediate savings on heating/cooling bills with a return period as short as only one year! Caulk is typically used between stationary fixtures like doors & window frames while weatherstripping seals components that move such as operable windows or doors.
7 Steps for Increased Efficiency: Your Home Energy Audit Checklist
HVAC Systems and Equipment Checklist:
- Don’t forget to regularly replace your HCAV filter for optimal performance.
- Have a professional inspect your HVAC equipment yearly for maximum efficiency and proper functioning.
- Check your ductwork for any signs of leaks and, if needed, ensure that the seals are effectively secured. Insulate ducts that pass through unheated spaces.
- If your units are over 15 years of age, consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient model and save on electricity costs!
Water Heating Checklist:
- Maximize your water heater’s efficiency by insulating accessible hot water lines.
- Consider replacing your model with an energy-efficient water heater if your unit is older than fifteen years.
- To conserve hot water and save money on utility bills, quickly repair any leaks you may find in your plumbing.
- Install low-flow fixtures that will help reduce hot water usage.
- Make sure your attic and hatch are both insulated.
- Ensure openings around pipes, ductwork, and chimneys are sealed.
- Seal off cracks and crevices with expanding foam for a secure, airtight fit.
- Insulate basements and crawlspaces.
- Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances when possible for reduced utility bills and a lighter environmental footprint.
- Consider unplugging your appliances when not in use
- Upgrade to LED or CFL light bulbs
- Consider using dimmer switches to reduce lighting
- Set your lamps on a timer to turn off when you’re not utilizing them, for maximum energy efficiency.
Windows and Door Checklist:
- Check around windows and door frames for any cracks and fill them as needed.
- Equip your windows with treatments and attachments that permit the use of natural light while diminishing the amount of heat gained.
- Replacing or caulking and weatherstripping the exterior doors of your home can help you save money on energy bills.
- Ensure that your windows and doors are firmly shut with no gaps in between.
Air Sealing Checklist:
- Identify and seal any air leaks or gaps along baseboards in your home
- Close the dampers in your fireplace
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