A home energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit, 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 audit will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time.
During the audit, you can pinpoint where your house is losing energy. Energy audits also determine the efficiency of your home's heating and cooling systems. An audit may also show you ways to conserve hot water and electricity. You can perform a simple energy assessment yourself, or have an energy auditor from Lyon-Lincoln Electric carry out a more thorough assessment.
A professional auditor uses a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of a structure. Thorough audits often use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.
Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative Offers 3 Levels of Energy Audit Services
- Basic Walkthrough Energy Audit - $50 - An Energy Expert from Lyon-Lincoln will walk through your home with you in an effort to answer questions and identify easy opportunities to save energy.
- Basic Walkthrough Audit with IR Camera - $100 - A more indepth audit including the use of an Infrared Camera to help identify heat loss.
- Full Energy Audit - $150 - A full energy audit including a walk through, a review of programs available from the cooperative, an Infrared Camera Scan, a Blower Door test to check for Air infiltration and a written report with photos and recommendations for improvements. This Full Energy Audit also makes members eligible to apply for weatherization grants and financing to help fund the costs of adding insulation or replacing inefficient windows, doors or appliances identified through the audit. The cost of this audit is also rebated based on following recommendations made in the report.