Saving money on your utility bills could be as simple as getting a qualified company to come in and do an energy audit of your home. If your home was built before 1985, you could stand to save a significant amount of money! The older a home is, the more likely it is that you would benefit from an energy audit.
Before 1950, insulation was not always put into the walls of a home. An audit would find a problem like that, as well as others. Sometimes insulation inside of walls can settle over time, or there may not be enough of it. Drafts felt in a home could also indicate that there’s not enough insulation, or simply that there are air leaks that need to be sealed correctly. Certain styles of homes are more prone to energy loss in certain areas. Cape Cods, tri-level homes and homes built with living space over the garage are examples of a few designs that are less energy efficient than others, but every home is different. If your energy bills are high, it’s best to have an audit done to find out why. Your local utility company or the federal Energy Star program may even offer discounts on the improvements that are recommended to you by the auditor! You can get more information on the Energy Star program by clicking here.
A complete and proper energy audit should take about three hours to complete. A qualified auditor will use tools to help with the audit to make it more accurate. For instance, an infrared camera measures the temperature of the walls to determine if there’s any missing insulation. Qualified energy auditors will also have been trained in building science and have gotten certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) or RESNET, the Residential Energy Services Network. Banker Insulation has many qualified technicians who can perform energy audits. For more information or to make an appointment to have an audit done on your home, call Banker Insulation at (602) 273-1261.
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