Preparing for a Home Energy Inspection
A home energy inspection is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. An inspection will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time.1
If you have scheduled a home energy inspection or are planning on doing one then there are a few things that are recommended you do in order to prepare for your energy inspection beforehand.
- To start off, make a list of all existing problems you need to share with your energy inspector. Mold or mildew, drafty rooms, icicles along the roof drains, condensation on the windows, are some of the main things you should make your inspector aware off.
- Think of your typical energy usage –how long do your lights usually stay on. Does your heating or air conditioner stay on during the day? What temperature is your thermostat usually set to? These are questions your technician might have for you and it’s good to have your answers prepared. It might also be helpful to have copies of your past energy bills on hand in order to be able to answer questions about your fuel use, etc.
- Try to be present during the inspection. Your energy inspector will need access to certain areas of your home, the attic, basement, heating systems, crawl spaces, etc. You want to make sure all these places are easily accessible for a smoother and thorough energy inspection. Being present also allows you to ask and answer any questions that may come up during the inspection.
- If you’re getting a blower door test, which is used to identify the drafts and air leaks in your home, make sure to clean out your heating system especially if it’s a wood burning heating system. You don’t ash blowing around everywhere.
These are just a few things you can do to get ready for your home energy inspection. If you haven’t signed up for an energy inspection yet, no worries! You can sign up here.