Are you ready to start saving energy in your home? If you’ve been looking to be more energy-efficient, you’ve probably heard about the Mass Save home energy assessment designed to help homeowners locate areas of inefficiency in their homes and make energy-efficient upgrades. If you want a more efficient home, a home energy audit is the best way to do it. So what can you expect from a home energy assessment?
What You Can Expect from a Home Energy Assessment
When you schedule an assessment, an energy auditor will come to inspect your home. Keep in mind that for an average sized home (1-2k square feet), this will take about two hours. The auditor will go through your entire home performing tests. These tests will help locate areas of inefficiency, which will also help reveal any safety concerns.
- Testing your heating system. Your auditor will test your heating system for safety and energy efficiency while also noting age, noise, and potential leaks. From there, your auditor will make any necessary recommendations.
- Thermal imaging. Thermal imaging cameras allow your auditor to see how much insulation you have in your walls, which will help to understand if you may need more. Keep in mind that if you live in a large or old home, your attic or crawl spaces may be bigger than standard, which may mean your energy audit can take 2-4 hours.
The energy assessment also includes no-cost upgrades. As your auditor performs the assessment, they will also install these energy-saving measures. Depending on your energy needs, this will include:
- LED light bulbs. If you have any incandescent bulbs in your home, these will be swapped out for energy-efficient LED bulbs. These bulbs are not only more efficient, but they’re also brighter and will bring more light into your home!
- Water-saving measures. If applicable, you will receive low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. These will help cut down on your water waste.
- Smart power strips. Your assessment will include two smart power strips, which will stop your devices from draining electricity even when they are turned off.
- Programmable thermostats. Easily control the temperature inside your home that aligns with your family’s schedule. Programming your thermostat to reduce heating and cooling in your home while you’re not there can greatly help reduce energy costs. This can be especially useful during the workweek or while on vacation.
These no-cost items are all installed during the visit, so you can start saving energy right away!
What Happens Next?
After the visit, you will be provided with a comprehensive energy report. This includes recommendations for no-cost services such as air and duct sealing, which determines the air-tightness of your home. It will also detail other upgrades that can make an impact on your home efficiency, such as insulation updates. Your energy report will explain rebates and incentives that you qualify for that can help you pay for these services, and your energy auditor can help you fill out the paperwork!
When you complete an energy audit, you’ll understand your home’s energy needs and make steps towards a more efficient home. It all starts by scheduling your no-cost assessment. Take the first step today; schedule your assessment with Energy Monster.