Formulating Your Plan
After you have identified where your home is losing energy, assign
priorities by asking yourself a few important questions:
1.- How much money do you spend on energy?
2.- Where are your greatest energy losses?
3.- How long will it take for an investment in energy efficiency to pay
for itself in energy cost savings?
4.- Do the energy saving measures provide additional benefits that
are important to you (for example, increased comfort from installing
double-paned, efficient windows)?
5.- How long do you plan to own your current home?
6.- Can you do the job yourself or will you need to hire a contractor?
7- What is your budget and how much time do you have to spend on
maintenance and repair?
How We Use Energy in Our Homes
Home heating accounts for the biggest chunk of a typical utility bill.
Once you assign priorities to your energy needs, you can form a whole
house efficiency plan. Your plan will provide you with a strategy for
making smart purchases and home improvements that maximize
Another option is to get the advice of a professional. Many utilities
conduct energy audits for free or for a small charge. For a fee, a
professional contractor will analyze how well your homes energy
systems work together and compare the analysis to your utility bills.
He or she will use a variety of equipment such as blower doors,
infrared cameras, and surface thermometers to find leaks and drafts.
After gathering information about your home, the contractor or auditor
will give you a list of recommendations for cost effective energy
improvements and enhanced comfort and safety.
A good contractor will also calculate the return on your investment in high efficiency equipment compared with standard equipment.
These are 7 Key questions to ask yourself after your DIY Energy Audit (part 1 of this 7 part series)
This is part 2 of a 7 part series on Home Energy Savings. Click on the link at the top right of this page to get our feed, so you don’t miss an installment.
Next time we will discuss Tips on finding a contractor and some Insulation Basics
Tips for Finding a Contractor
Ask neighbors and friends for recommendations
Look in the Yellow Pages
Focus on local companies
Peace and Prosperity,
Rich @ NY Homesteader