Energy makes the world go round, literally. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory estimates the typical American family spends an average of $2,060 per year on energy costs. More than half of that number is dedicated to comfort, like heating and cooling your home. In West Central Florida where temperatures borderline extreme, your costs could be even higher. While you can’t control the price of energy in your area, there are some things you can do to reduce the amount of energy it takes to power your home and keep it comfortable. The best place to start is with a home energy audit.
What is a Home Energy Audit?
During a home energy audit a professional looks at your home’s overall energy consumption and efficiency. Depending on the size of your home an energy audit may take up to three hours or more to complete. A home energy auditor will use various tools to assess your home from the top to bottom and inside out. They even check your furnace, water heater, and air ducts. Every major component in your home is examined for efficiency and for leaks. Energy auditors go room by room utilizing tools such as blower doors and infrared cameras to gather information about your home’s energy consumption.
What a Home Energy Audit Tells You
A home energy audit can tell you a lot about your home. Not only will you find out if you have air leaking in from the outside, but you’ll find out how much and where it may be coming in. You’ll learn if your windows are properly sealed or if they leak. A home energy audit will tell you if you have enough insulation in your home and if it has been properly installed. A thorough audit will even examine the filter in your furnace, your home’s air duct connections, and the holes where your electrical lines are run. Any potential source of energy loss is identified and earmarked for improvement.
Why Get a Home Energy Audit
Getting a home energy audit is the first step toward taking control of your home’s energy costs. Not only will you find out where money is being wasted, but you’ll get professional advice on how to correct the problems. You may find that you need more insulation in your attic, weather stripping around your doors, or to simply switch to more efficient lighting. Making energy-efficient upgrades can increase the value of your home and make it more comfortable. It can also help you save up to 30 percent on monthly utility costs in the process.
At Mitchell Solar Solutions LLC, we are laser-focused on helping you reduce the energy costs in your West Central Florida home. We are a third-generation Florida contractor with the knowledge and experience to do things right the first time and we guarantee your complete satisfaction. Contact us for a free energy audit to see how we can help you take control of your home’s energy costs today.