Recently Fox News had an interesting piece on energy audits. It asks an excellent question; are they worth the cost? As homeowners we can identify some issues in our homes, but it often takes and expert to pull it all together, and catch some of the bigger issues affecting our utility bills.
The article points out that not all auditors are created equal. It mentions that blower door tests, Infrared imaging, as well as duct testing, are important for and auditor to perform. And we agree. In fact, we spend numerous hours training individuals to use the equipment, as well as getting them certified with the Building Performance Institute (BPI). BPI’s focus is not on just energy efficiency, but also health and safety, and that in my mind is more important that just saving money.
It is important that our advisors have ongoing training and support, because homes—and the building science behind them—are complicated. If I relate this to the medical profession, would you want an intern performing surgery while figuring it out on their own? Or, would you rather have an experienced doctor teaching the intern?
One thing not pointed out in the article is that saving energy is only part of it. Don’t forget comfort, the reason we heat and cool our homes in the first place. Acting on the recommendations in an energy audit can make our homes a more comfortable place.
Is it worth the cost? If you take action, absolutely! An audit isn’t worth anything if you don’t fix the problems, which is why it is so important to identify them—and provide cost-conscious improvements—making your home more energy efficient, healthy and comfortable. You can learn more in our learning center.