Why conduct a home energy audit? Read below to find out.
You can save money on utility costs, have a more comfortable home and decrease your impact on the environment - all by improving the energy efficiency of your house.
Climate change, caused by greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, is one of the biggest problems facing us in the 21st century. The energy used to heat and cool our homes, as well as the electricity we use for lighting and appliances, contributes to 20% of greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
The Pacific Northwest is a leader in developing and promoting green or sustainable building strategies as well as renewable energy resources. Do you want to help to solve the problem of global warming and realize great benefits in the bargain? Make your home as energyefficient as possible. The greenest resource available to us is the energy we save through efficiency. We can all take part in the solution.
By making energy efficient upgrades to your home, you will:
The first step toward increasing your home’s energy efficiency and comfort is to conduct a whole house energy audit.
A diligent tour of your home with this booklet, and a checklist to record your notes, will help you determine how well your home currently operates and what upgrades are needed to improve it’s energy performance.
Once you assess what needs to be done, the guide will help you with the second step - determining which upgrades will give you the biggest bang for your energy efficiency buck.
The guide’s payback section provides information to help prioritize your upgrades; the resources section has references to the information needed to accomplish your goals.