It’s safe to say that everyone wants a cheaper energy bill. One way to accomplish this is to get an electricity plan with a great rate (like one from Chariot 😉), but you can do more. Specifically — How much you pay on your bill is directly correlated to how much electricity you use in your home.
Thus, if you want the leanest electric bill possible, you must also learn how to use less energy in your home. That starts with assessing your home’s energy usage with an energy audit. While a professional audit is much more precise, you’ll have to spend money to save money. Thankfully, conducting a DIY home energy audit is much easier than it sounds.
Let’s discuss what’s involved in a home energy audit, what you need in your arsenal of energy-saving tools, and the comprehensive checklist of the areas in your home to optimize for maximum energy efficiency.
The word “audit” makes it sound more advanced than it actually is. An energy audit is simply an assessment of how your home uses energy. This includes your air conditioning system, water heater, electronics, appliances, lighting, laundry, and more.
In a professional home energy assessment, your home’s energy usage will be analyzed with advanced technology like a thermal imaging camera and a door blower. These devices can detect air leaks that are invisible to the naked eye. But as we mentioned earlier, professional audits can sometimes be costly.
A DIY energy audit won’t be as thorough of an inspection, but it’s still an effective way to spot big drafts, poorly insulated hot water heaters, old weatherstripping, and more. After this at-home energy audit, you’ll have a much better idea of the steps you should take in your home if you really want to save energy — and money!
While it might be counterintuitive to spend money to save money, the return on investment will be worthwhile. We intentionally chose relatively inexpensive technology that will provide big returns on your bills by reducing your energy consumption.
Depending on your home’s individual energy status, we recommend adding these items to your shopping list include:
These features might be more expensive, but they are just as energy-saving:
With this shopping list in hand, it’s time to determine what you’ll actually need with our comprehensive checklist.
We recommend the following plan of attack for your DIY efforts. Ordered from easiest to most difficult, you should print this out, and cross off each item as you go.Task Description
Congratulations! You’ve successfully completed your audit. If you’re craving more energy-saving activities, check out our Energy Saving hub to learn even more strategies and tips.
If you’re still not seeing results, it just might be your energy plan and rate. Luckily, we’ve also got a solution for that! Chariot offers affordable energy produced by 100% Texas solar panels. If you’re interested in switching, visit our plans page to check out our rates in your area.
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