How to Perform a DIY Home Energy Audit

| 20 MAY 2015

How do you know if your home is leaking energy? Energy loss through leaks and other problems with your home can not only lead you to consume more resources than you need to, but also ramp up your utility bills. But how do you know if you’re leaking energy? Professional home energy audits are one option, but you have another choice: Doing a home energy audit yourself. While this won’t be as thorough as a home energy audit done by a professional auditor, doing the audit yourself can help you find problem spots and patch up areas of your house where energy is leaking away – without your knowing about it. Consider doing your own home energy audit with these helpful tips! Hunt down air leaks Drafts are an obvious way for heat – meaning energy generated by your home heating system – to sneak out of your house. Finding drafts and closing them can also reduce your energy bill significantly and make your residence more comfortable. The places to look for leaks? Gaps in your baseboard, where the flooring meets walls, or where walls meet ceilings. Anywhere building materials meet is also a place where leaks can occur. If…

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