Ryan Connolly A home energy audit is often the first step in making your home more efficient. An audit can help you assess how much energy your home uses. An assessment will also show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time. Many energy audit programs provide extensive information about home improvement projects to enhance energy efficiency, lower utility bills, and increase comfort.

Especially if you live in a home more than 5-10 years old, you can benefit most through the use of an energy audit. To get an idea of how much you could benefit from an energy audit, use one of these online energy audit tools:

If you are interested in getting specific recommendations for improving the efficiency of your home, consider contacting a professional Home Energy Auditor. A professional auditor can use a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of your home. 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. 

Your first step should be to contact your utility to see if they offer free or discounted energy audits to their customers. Locally, National Fuel provides this online energy audit information. If not, you can hire a home energy professional to evaluate your home's energy efficiency. These are a few in our area: Hughes Co.

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