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Save Energy and Money With a Virtual Home Energy Assessment

Virtual Home Energy Assessment

It's important to have a lot of energy. However, that's not as important as using up a lot of energy. 

On average, each American spends $3,891 dollars on energy every year. Most of their expenses come at home. Each person uses 11.8 kilowatt-hours of electricity every day in their home. 

We turn on our devices, fire up our air conditioner, and flip on our lights. We can use up a lot of energy without even knowing it. 

A home energy assessment can keep you informed so you can keep your expenses down. Yet many people don't know what one entails. Here is your quick guide on what to expect from a home energy assessment.

A complete home energy solution provider

From generating energy to insulating a home to regulating its temperatures, Neeeco is best suited for evaluating the efficiency improvements of a home. 

What Is a Virtual Home Energy Assessment? 

A home energy assessment is a room-by-room assessment of your home. A professional inspects your appliances, insulation, and ventilation. They determine how much energy each room consumes and where the energy goes. 

An auditor can employ several pieces of equipment. For example, they can use infrared cameras to determine where heat leaves through your walls, doors, and windows. 

You can ask your auditors to focus on particular rooms. In general, many auditors like to examine the basement and attic. 85 percent of a house's heat loss occurs through the attic. 

An auditor may ask you questions about your energy usage. They may ask about how you set your thermostat and live in each room of your house. 

The assessment is no-cost and takes a couple of hours or less depending on the size of your home. You can accompany the auditor as they do their evaluation and ask questions along the way. An auditor can give you their findings verbally or in a written document so you have something to refer back to.

In some cases, the auditor may be able to provide products like smart power strips that day. Talk to them about any additional services they can provide. Most products they recommend come at no cost.  

How to Prepare for a Virtual  Home Energy Assessment

An assessment is usually the first step a homeowner takes when assessing their residential energy use. But you can consider taking a few other steps so your assessment is comprehensive. Walk through your house. Feel for any spots where heat is leaving your home. Take notes of where and when you do feel those spots. Take a look at your ventilation and heating system. Inspect your air condenser and check your vents. Seal where the vents contact your walls and ceiling. 

Print out copies of your energy bills. Break down heating and cooling. You may have to go to your utility company to get this information. Give one copy to your auditor and keep one for yourself. Have them point out areas that they think you can reduce your expenses in. You should also supply any information you have about your home's construction. The auditor can use this to determine if you need renovations or repairs. 

The Next Steps

Everyone's home is different. Get clear details from your auditor on how you can improve your energy use. But you can keep some things in mind. 

You may need to install insulation, especially in your attic and basement. There are several types you could Install depending on the space and the desired level of efficiency. 

You may also need to insulate and install energy-efficient windows. Triple-paned windows prevent heat from flowing out of your home. Low-E coatings go on the outside, reflecting hot ultraviolet radiation away. 

Ductless heating and cooling systems can significantly diminish energy loss. With these systems, energy cannot get lost moving from room to room or remaining trapped in ducts.

The systems condition the air in the same room that it is used in for more efficiency. The systems also create climate control. You don't have to turn on the conditioner for the whole house, so you don't lose energy in other rooms. 

Try using less energy during the day. Keep lights and appliances you aren't using switched off. When you need to warm yourself, wrap your body in a blanket and drink a hot beverage.

Get Your Home Energy Assessment

A home energy assessment is a terrific way to monitor your residential energy footprint. It is a room-by-room, floor-by-floor assessment of your home. A trained professional assesses how much energy you use and lose through your walls and windows. 

Prepare for an assessment by taking a walk through your house. Compile your energy bills and hand them over to your auditor.

Talk to the auditors about precise steps you can take. Consider installing insulation or energy-efficient windows where possible. 

Most importantly, finding experienced and innovative professionals to work with will make your life easier and your bills lower. The New England Energy Efficiency Company (Neeeco) provides no-cost energy audits. Contact us today.

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