Although energy audits are readily available to most people, few folks choose to get one. The likely reason is that most are unaware they exist or how beneficial they can be.
Understanding Your Energy Usage
When operating at full energy efficiency, your home could increase in value and even feel more comfortable. The first step in improving your home energy efficiency is understanding your energy usage and the best place to start is with your energy bills.
Knowing how much you use, what rate(s) you are paying and how your bills are calculated are all important factors for effectively managing your energy costs.
Many energy providers offer online account access along with information and tools to help you assess, manage and improve your energy consumption. They provide you with a variety of ways to take control of and manage your energy usage, including:
- Finding low-cost and no-cost solutions for your home that save energy and money
- Learning how much energy your home uses
- Discovering the latest energy-efficient technology
An energy audit can help reduce your carbon footprint by pinpointing trouble areas in your home or commercial building that may be wasting energy. And as you know, reducing your energy consumption can help save money on your energy bill.
This guide will further explain what an energy audit is, why it can reduce energy costs, and how it can evaluate your building’s impact on the environment. An energy audit is completed at a residential or commercial building to determine its energy efficiency. Simply put, energy efficiency means using less energy to do the same job. The audit will provide you with a complete electricity consumption and energy efficiency assessment.
With this information, you can identify and correct any energy usage issues to cut electricity costs. It’s advisable to always undertake an energy audit before implementing a renewable energy system.