Your Home’s Energy Use in Cooler Climates

by Cubby on June 12, 2012

A home energy assessment (sometimes referred to as an energy audit) will show what parts of your house use the most energy and suggest the best ways to cut energy costs. You can conduct a simple home energy assessment by doing it yourself (DIY) or, for a more detailed assessment, contact your local utility or an energy auditor. Also, you can learn more about home energy audits and find free tools and calculators on, the Residential Services Network or the Building Performance Institute.


DIY Energy Assessment Tips

•Check the insulation in your attic, exterior and basement walls, ceilings, floors, and crawl spaces. To determine the insulation R-values in different parts of your home, visit the Air Leaks and Insulation section.

•Check for air leaks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, light and plumbing fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets.

•Check for open fireplace dampers.

•Make sure your appliances and heating and cooling systems are properly maintained. Check your owner’s manuals for the recommended maintenance.

•Study your family’s lighting needs and look for ways to use controls—like sensors, dimmers, or timers—to reduce lighting use.


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