Do Your Own Home Energy Audit

Find out where your house is losing energy.

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Want to save energy and money? Pinpoint where your house loses energy by performing a simple energy audit yourself—or have a professional energy auditor conduct a more thorough inspection. For more details, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy site. Search for “Home Energy Audit.”

For more on finding and sealing air leaks that might be affecting your home's efficiency, check out the article Sealing Air Leaks for Increased Home Efficiency.

1. Locate air leaks

• Reducing drafts can save 5 to 30 percent of energy annually.

• Inspect for gaps and air flow around electrical outlets, windows, baseboards, doors, fireplaces, attic hatches, pipes, foundations and mail slots.  

• Test for air movement by closing all exterior doors, windows and fireplace flues and by turning off all combustion appliances (gas furnaces, water heaters). Then turn on all exhaust fans to suck air out of the rooms. Use smoldering incense sticks to locate leaks; moving air causes the smoke to waver.


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