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Perform Your Own Energy Audit

Performing an energy audit at home or the office can locate possible sources of energy deficiency as well as save money once problems are addressed.

Professional energy audits can be helpful resources and are sometimes needed, but inspecting the basics yourself can uncover easily fixable issues.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, approximately 5%-30% can be saved on energy bills if detected problems are fixed.

Doing an audit any time of year can increase efficiency but many energy experts recommend doing them when the weather changes seasons, preferably in the summer and winter. In the summer warmer air may be more noticeable in some rooms, and in the winter when weather is cold it is easier to feel drafty areas. Simply walking around windows and door frames and manually checking for any drafts or visible cracks can be helpful.

Other important areas to look at are heating and cooling systems, cleaning around them and replacing any filters. Also, dusting ventilated areas and checking appliances periodically is necessary. Sealing up leaking pipes and adjusting dripping faucets can also make a big difference.

GreenBuildingElements gives a general idea of where energy is dispersed, including a graph representing average energy output percentiles.

Keep energy bills in a file for a while and compare them during the year. This may give an indication of peak usage times and possible energy drainers, like inefficient heating or cooling units or inadequate insulation.

Energy monitors, which come in a variety of styles and prices, are normally user friendly and provide accurate breakdowns of the energy use in a home or office space. Also, local energy providers may carry information or free kits and materials for doing an energy assessment.

FreeBooks has downloadable pdf’s on many subjects revolving around self energy audits. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Energy has conservation checklists for the home and office. The Government of South Australia also provides resources for conducting a home energy inspection. Information is broken down into sections for easy reference.

Small issues can lead to large energy and monetary losses. Taking a little to time to examine surroundings that you may not notice everyday can help find problem areas, and tending to them increases efficiency and savings.

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