The United States Government has a website that can aid you in conducting a home energy audit. The service starts with asking for your zip code. When you enter that it takes you to the next page asking for information about your home’s construction, age, and other variables that can affect your energy use. There is also a place to put in your energy expenses that will be found on your utility bill.
The website then calculates your expected energy price for the year. Once calculated the expected savings if you upgrade to more efficient heaters, air conditioners, hot water heaters, etc. will be given to you on the upgrade page. The site doesn’t break down each individual appliance’s energy usage but it estimates the overall total of electric and natural gas expense instead. This service can be helpful to the homeowner that is trying to budget their energy expense for the year.
It also can be a great place to start in seeing if upgrades can be a part of your overall yearly budget by highlighting the amount of savings you might expect. It is one thing to say to yourself I need to get a more efficient heater, but quite another to see how much you can save in one year. Chances are though that prices will not be plunging so far as improvements made now will be an expense you wished you hadn’t taken on three years down the road.
A professional audit conducted by an experienced HVAC contractor is also recommended for even more exact information on what savings to expect. An energy audit is easy to arrange along with a heating performance check or annual maintenance visit from Raymond Plumbing and Heating. Schedule online today so our experts can improve your current heater’s efficiency or suggest other ways you can make your home more energy efficient.