How an Energy Audit Can Help Lower Your Utility Bills
One of the biggest issues homeowners battle with each summer is high utility bills. As the heat increases outside, so too does your reliance on your HVAC unit. And those extra fossil fuels are burning more than just a hole in your pocket. The truth is that you likely have areas of your home (this is doubly true if your home is older) that could be replaced to keep some of that cold air inside.
That’s why we highly recommend you schedule a home energy audit to determine better where these inefficiencies are occurring. The more knowledge we have, the easier it will be to fix the problem.
What is a Home Energy Audit?
The same way you’d go to a cardiologist to get a checkup on your heart, a home energy audit is a series of tests to help you diagnose problem areas in your home. You can either perform these tasks yourself or hire a professional. If you take the DIY approach, the U.S. Department of Energy and EPA’s Energy Star Program have excellent guides to get you started. The DOE does recommend hiring a professional to perform this task, as their tools and guidance can give you more comprehensive analysis.
What You’ll Learn
Tests will reveal results from everything from appliances (such as washer, dryers, dishwashers, HVAC unit and more. Other common spots are due in part to your home’s foundation and original construction. These include faulty fixtures, air ducts, shotty insulation, poorly installed windows, doors and more. By making fixes, you’ll be saving bills in no time.
How We Can Help
If your energy audit comes back with inefficiencies, be sure to give us a call at Tri County Windows & Siding. We’re Northern Virginia’s most trusted home improvement company for a multitude of housing essentials. We’ve got you covered for everything from windows, doors, siding, gutters and trim, and we carry only the industry’s best products in conjunction with impeccable craftsmanship and customer service. Those characteristics plus our no hassle sales approach helped us earn another Angie’s List Super Service Award in 2015, and we plan on winning it again next year.