Having an energy assessment done is a great way to keep your home as energy efficient as possible. It’s also a good way to keep your home safe, since many energy auditors perform a combustion analysis and gas leak test as part of their inspection. If you’re considering having an energy assessment done at your home, here are a few ways to ensure you’re prepared when the energy auditor arrives.
• Have your old energy bills ready – One of the most obvious indicators that your home is losing energy efficiency is a rising utility bill. The more energy usage history you’re able to provide for your auditor, the better understanding they’ll have of what is going on in your home and how to fix it.
• Know where access points are – If you’ve never had to access places like your crawlspace or attic, you may not know offhand where their entry points are. As part of your energy assessment, your energy auditor will probably have to access these areas. Make sure you know where the entry points are and do a quick check of the area to ensure that the energy auditor will have clear access. If you have anything blocking the entry points, take time to move it before the auditor arrives.
• Be prepared to share your knowledge – Let your energy auditor know of any areas you suspect are the main culprits of your skyrocketing energy bill. For example, if you know the insulation in your attic might be compromised because a big storm damaged your roof, pass that information along so your auditor has a good place to start their assessment.