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Energy Audits

Energy Audits

Energy audits help measure the energy efficiency of your home. Audits are an important step in the home electrification process, allowing you to better understand both your home’s energy use and what efficiency measures you can implement to ensure you are not wasting energy. 

Switching from fossil-fuel powered appliances to electric options can be an expensive process; energy audits inform you of projects or measures that will reduce energy usage both before and after installing new appliances. Even if you aren’t ready to dive into home electrification, energy audits will provide you with information to better understand your energy usage and utility bills.

Home energy audits vary, but some common inspections and tests include:

  • Insulation inspection
  • Blower door test
  • Thermal image testing
  • Inspection of the home’s exterior
  • Examination of the condition of your major appliances

An assessment by a professional auditor will determine the cost-effective investments you can make to save energy and money while increasing the comfort of your home. Energy audits will allow you to make informed decisions about increasing your household’s energy efficiency and reducing energy costs. Auditors can also help you identify behavioral tips (e.g. thermostat settings) around energy consumption that can lower your bills and reduce your household’s carbon footprint.

In addition to identifying potential future investments, some energy audits will assist you in making immediate changes by installing high-efficiency measures. For example, Xcel and CenterPoint customers can schedule audits that may include the installation of high-efficiency LEDs, programmable thermostats, weather stripping, high-efficiency shower heads, and water heater insulation.

Many utilities provide discounts for home energy audits. Find out if you qualify by using our Rebates and Discounts tool or by contacting your utility.

If you are eligible for energy assistance, you may be eligible for a free energy audit. Check with your local Weatherization Assistance Program provider and/or your utility about what options are available to you.

CUB’s own Carmen Carruthers had an energy audit done on her new home. Check out her experience.

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