Do you find yourself shaking your head as you pay bills every month? Does a continual increase in your energy bill cause you stress? Do you find yourself wondering how to keep your home comfortable without going broke in the process? A home energy audit might be exactly what you need, both to rein in utility costs and to make your home more safe and comfortable.
The most obvious sign that you need an energy audit for your home is when your utility bills are becoming unmanageable. If you have inadequate insulation, an old furnace, drafty doors, and single-paned windows, you might as well be trying to heat the outdoors as well as inside your home. All of these things will make keeping your home warm enough during a long winter almost impossible.
Energy audits will identify all of the ways – big and small – that you can make money-saving changes. Some of the changes might be as simple as caulking around windows or changing light bulbs. Other changes might be as big as blowing insulation into attics or replacing an inefficient furnace with a high efficiency furnace.
An audit can show you all of the ways that you can save money on your utilities by making changes, but it can also show you which changes will give you the most for your money. With this in mind, you can prioritize and make changes as slowly or as quickly as you are able to, knowing that you are heading in the right direction.
Safety is one of the most important reasons to have a home energy audit done. Professionals will check to see if carbon monoxide is a concern, and that you have functioning carbon monoxide detectors. They may uncover water leaks that can cause mold or mildew damage. They can make you aware of any safety concerns, if they see space heaters being used in an unsafe manner, or any other attempt to heat a home that might be dangerous. Smoke alarms will be checked, and recommendations will be made to ensure that your home is a safe place for your family.
Keeping your home safe and your utility bills in check are very important pieces of what you want to happen after a home energy audit. A third piece, also important, is making your home comfortable. You want your kids to be able to go to bed without 8 blankets, a hat, and gloves. You want everyone to get to take a hot shower when they want to, without worrying that there will be no hot water coming from the old water heater. And you want to be able to keep your home comfortable on a regular basis without worrying that you will not be able to pay for it. An audit can help you balance how to make your home safe and comfortable without having to struggle for that comfort.
ERC helps people in the greater Colorado Springs area by performing home energy audits with professionals. The service may be of no cost if you fall within certain income limits, and is still incredibly affordable if you exceed those income limits. ERC professionals will perform an energy audit and give you a comprehensive plan to make your home safe and energy-efficient.