Do you have a free hour this weekend and a desire to determine your home’s energy efficiency? Performing a home energy assessment is a simple DIY project that will more than pay for itself over time.
With these handy tips from your trusted Minneapolis Saint Paul HVAC professionals, you can pinpoint where you are losing energy and establish priorities for upgrades and improvements. While the Twin Cities plumbers at MSP can help you perform a professional energy audit, this initial DIY checklist can save you an average of 5-30% on your current energy bills. Even newer homes can benefit from a thorough walk through with a critical eye for problem areas.
Before you start, keep a list and take good notes so you can prioritize efficiently.
Find & Fix Air Leaks
First, check for indoor air leaks along baseboards or flooring edges where the wall and floor meet. Outside your home, look for similar drafts, especially at the juncture of two different building materials. On the exterior, look for holes and cracks in siding, mortar, and foundation materials, specifically around doors and windows.
Most homes, especially older homes, lose a majority of their heat through the ceiling and walls because of little to no insulation. Be sure to check the attic space to determine the presence and amount of insulation. Look to see how openings for pipes, ductwork, and chimneys are sealed.
You will also want to determine the presence and degree of wall insulation and insulation below the floor of your main living space and address any deficiencies appropriately.
Hot & Cold
Inspect heating and cooling equipment annually, as per the manufacturer’s recommendation. Look for rust or any other signs of deterioration, and be sure to regularly change filters. If you have an older unit, consider replacement for a newer unit with energy efficiency.
Lights & Appliances
Make sure that all of your lighting utilizes energy efficient light bulbs—energy-saving incandescent, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Many utility companies offer rebates or incentives for replacing old bulbs with these newer options so be sure to check with them for potential savings.
For appliances, stay on top of maintenance, and consider unplugging them if they are not in use to prevent phantom loads and passive energy usage. If you need to replace an appliance, look at newer product models with energy efficiency.
Once you’ve done a DIY audit of your energy consumption and made changes accordingly, consider bringing in a professional for a more exhaustive analysis. Our Minneapolis plumbers and Saint Paul plumbers are specifically trained to help you find big savings.
Call us today to schedule your appointment (651) 228-9200.