The word “audit” or “auditor” can sometimes create a feeling of apprehension. But when it comes to energy audits, they’re a good thing. Energy audits can end up saving you money, usually without having to do much work. Going through your home and finding inefficiencies is the first step in correcting them. Finding the cold and hot spots allows auditors to gain information about where your insulation may be weak or failing. An energy audit can be a more simple solution to going through your bills and statements searching for places where you can save money.
An energy audit will expose areas of your home that are potentially wasting energy. Old windows and doors that don’t close all the way are clear and obvious energy wasters that you’re probably aware of, but some signs aren’t as noticeable. But, replacing all of your home’s windows and doors may not be a viable option, a smaller change like insulating your basement or attic. Asking your auditor where you’d get the most for your money in terms of insulation work is a crucial part of the audit process.
Depending on the company that you’re working with, the same person doing the audit may not be doing the work to make the improvements in your home. You’ll definitely want to ask the auditor if they’ll be the one implementing the changes or if it’ll be another team. If it’s another crew or subcontractor, ask about their licensing and experience and do your own research online to ensure that they’re trustworthy and do quality work.
Someone who is new to the industry may do great work, but when it comes to your home, you want to make sure the person working on it has experience and knows what they’re doing. Experienced auditors are likely more equipped to handle complex issues, and find solutions for you that fit your needs, or have access to contractors who can. The best contractors will have customer reviews online, along with pictures of their past work to showcase their quality.
For more information about insulation or having an efficiency audit performed on your home, please feel free to reach out. We can be contacted over the phone at (207) 653-0331 or through our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you.