Home Energy Audit: What it is and why you need one

Learn how you can improve your home's value, comfort and efficiency with an energy audit.

Want to learn how to increase your home’s efficiency and reduce costs of monthly bills? Consider a home energy audit.

What is an energy audit? It’s the first step to learn how much energy your home is currently using – or wasting – and can help identify areas you can reduce consumption, saving you money in the long run.

How does it work? Following a phone assessment, you will arrange for an energy auditor to come to your home to conduct a basement-to-attic assessment of your residence. The auditor will inspect your home’s insulation, heating and cooling systems and overall home energy use. You may also be asked for a list of any existing problems like drafty rooms or window condensation as well as past utility bills.

 

 

Tip: During the audit, it’s a good idea to walk through your home with the auditor to pinpoint areas of concern that will help them determine their approach to testing.

At the end of the audit, your home will be given an energy rating using the Natural Resources Canada home evaluation. The higher the rating, the better. You’ll also get recommendations for improvements to help reduce your energy bills and increase your home’s comfort.

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