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Independent audits can cost from $200 to $400 for a one time fee...but not having an audit can cost a lot more!

Home Energy Audit

Testing Before Investing

Now that you understand the importance of home heating and cooling in energy consumption, the next logical step is to have a home energy audit performed. An energy audit can locate and identify primary areas of energy loss occurring in your home. After an audit is conducted, helpful recommendations are often provided to improve the efficiency and comfort of your home.

Types of Energy Audits

As a California utility customer, you may want to contact your local utility company to see if any audits or survey programs are available.  Most utility providers offer free basic energy surveys performed over the phone or on the Internet. Although these surveys do offer some helpful energy-saving tips, they rarely get to the root cause of serious energy loss. 

Independent in-home professional auditors are another option to consider.  Objective third-party inspectors often use state-of-theart diagnostic equipment such as a duct blaster and blower door.  This technology can measure and pinpoint energy leakage in the building shell and duct system that would be almost impossible to detect otherwise.  A professional auditor will examine insulation levels; and the age and efficiency of your furnace, air conditioner, and water heater. From this information, the professional auditor can provide a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the energy consumption to heat and air condition your home. In addition, a professional auditor will address your concerns and specific needs.

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