An energy audit can easily pinpoint repairs that improve the efficiency of your residence. If your residence was built more than 5 years ago, you should consider an energy audit. Below is basic information on reducing energy costs for Staten Island NY homes.
Energy Audit Guidance
An Energy Audit analyzes various aspects of your property. The fee for a professional audit can vary based on the measurements of your home and the magnitude of the audit. They ordinarily cost several hundred dollars, however special pricing is typically offered by utility companies or city programs. Professional auditors use different equipment to measure energy efficiency. Equipment such as infrared detectors can identify elusive areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.
Reducing Energy Costs For Staten Island NY Homes
Energy audits narrow in on areas of heat loss such as gaps in face plates. It can also include a review of appliances, the brand of light bulbs that you use, the economy of your heating system, the type of thermostat that regulates the heating system, insulation in floors, and water usage practices. Although some things can be expensive, they often lead to matching savings within a few years. The repairs can also elevate the value of your home and make it more comfortable. Guidance on selecting an auditor can be found at the US Department of Energy website.
Homeowners can perform a introductory do-it-yourself home energy audit by searching for air gaps in obvious locations such as windows and doors. Outlets and pipes are other typical sources of air leaks. Caulking gaps can be inexpensive yet lead to significant savings. General best practices include purchasing EnergyStar rated appliances and high efficiency heating and cooling units. For additional do-it-yourself assessments, visit www.energysavers.gov. This information on reducing energy costs for Staten Island NY homes was prepared by Gregory Diaz and Gina Guerriero at S.I. Premiere Properties.