It might be my age, but each summer seems hotter than the last and I notice it when writing the check to the Electric Company. I have always wondered if it was possible to conduct a series of tests to uncover how energy efficient my Santa Clarita home is.
In fact, if you are considering selling your home it could be a good idea to do so. There are professionals who conduct home energy audits, determining how much energy your home utilizes while at the same time indicating changes that can be made to make it more efficient.
An energy audit can uncover air leaks, insulation concerns, HVAC issues, lighting considerations and more. Locating and fixing air leaks caused by weak window and door seals can save up to 30% on energy bills, a significant savings. Sometimes fixing air leaks is as simple as caulking or adding weather stripping. Want to check yourself? Examine any area of your house where walls join windows or doors, or roofing materials meet skylights or chimneys.
Checking HVAC equipment can be done by a professional HVAC or plumbing technician. A general rule of thumb is that if a heating system or air conditioning system is more than 15 years old it is probably inefficient compared with more recent models. An annual exam of these systems before the season that they will be used is always a good idea as well. Keeping systems maintained adds to their efficiency.
Insulation often goes hand-in-hand with seals. While ceiling and wall insulation may be fine, checking in areas where walls meet roofs and chimneys meet roofing materials is a good idea. Tight seals and insulation keeps warmth in during colder months and cool air in during warmer months.
Another helpful tip, 60 watt light bulbs use less energy than 100 watt bulbs. There are also a host of energy efficient light bulbs available that decrease the energy used by your lighting fixtures.
Uncovering how energy efficient your home is, or isn’t, can help you market your home accordingly or make changes to your home that will make it more marketable. Click here for some more great ideas on how you and your home can save energy.