Home Energy Checkup

Get expert advice on how to save energy, reduce your impact and create a more comfortable, cozier home – including easy low or no-cost actions that can save money right away!

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  • Get expert advice from a Professional Energy Analyst and learn which home projects can save the most money and energy.
  • Free energy efficiency products and installation, such as LEDs, smart power strips, and water saving shower heads.
  • Save energy and money and improve indoor air quality!

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Overview

The Action
We will get a Home Energy Checkup completed at our home.
Is this action for me?
Yes! This action is for everyone.
When and Who?
This action can be done anytime by anyone.
How long will it take?
Medium – an average visit requires about 2 hours.
What is the cost?
Can vary from free to $500, cost depends on your local programs. See the resources section for more information on cost in your area.

Benefits

  • Get expert advice from a Professional Energy Analyst and learn which home projects can save the most money and energy.

  • Free energy efficiency products and installation, such as LEDs, smart power strips, and water saving shower heads.

  • Save energy and money and improve indoor air quality!

The Basics

Home Energy Checkups are an easy way to learn how you can save energy and money and create a cozier and healthier home! Home Energy Checkups provide a custom assessment of your home and identify the best options for improving your home’s energy use and air quality.

Checklist

Find a Contractor/Energy Analyst and schedule your Home Energy Checkup
Have your Home Energy Checkup!
Review the results of your checkup with your Energy Analyst
Schedule recommended energy efficiency projects based upon the information you learned from your checkup!

Sign up for a Home Energy Checkup and Start Saving

Sometimes called Home Energy Audits or Home Energy Assessments, Home Energy Checkups are a great way to discover the best ways to improve your home’s energy use.  Checkups can also identify areas where you can improve indoor air quality and home safety.  Why get a Home Energy Checkup?:

  • Home Energy Checkups are often subsidized through local programs.  You may pay as little as $50-$150 for an Energy Checkup, but receive up to $300-$500 or more worth of services! 
  • During the checkup they may change light bulbs or do other minor repairs and upgrades that will start saving you money on your energy bills right away. 
  • Having an energy expert examine each room of your house will create custom recommendations tailored to your home.
  • According to the Department of Energy, implementing the energy upgrades recommended in a Home Energy Assessment can save 5%-30% on your monthly energy bill.
  • These improvements will also lead to increased comfort – a warmer, cozier home in the winter and cooler home in the summer.  If your home is drafty and cold in the winter, or you have high energy bills, it’s time to schedule a Home Energy Checkup!
  • Perhaps most important of all, many of these improvements lead to improved air quality and a healthier and safer home.

Look for more information on cost for your local program and check-up benefits in the resources section.

What to expect during a Home Energy Checkup

During the Checkup, the Home Energy Analyst will examine both outdoor and indoor areas of your house. The analyst will use various tests and techniques including a blower door test or possibly an infrared camera inspection, to test and assess your home.  These tools allow the analyst to see in real time where there are areas with insufficient insulation, air leaks, or other problems that might result in extra energy use. Often, areas around fixtures, exterior walls, doors, and windows are the main source of energy waste.

Before scheduling your Home Energy Checkup, be sure to ask the Energy Analyst if they will be doing a blower door test and infrared camera inspection.  At a minimum, they should be doing a blower door test, if not, look for another contractor.  Also, it’s always a good idea to check their references!

Next Step - Recommended Projects

Your Home Energy Advisor will provide tailored recommendations for the best projects to improve the energy efficiency, comfort and safety of your home.  Some projects they might recommend include:

  • Installation of smart power strips and LED light bulbs (if not included in the checkup appointment).  This is a low-cost action that saves money!
  • Lowering your water heater temperature setting.  This is easy to do, free, and will save on your energy bills – and you probably won’t even notice a difference!  Your Energy Advisor might do this as part of your checkup.
  • Smart Power Strips, Low Flow Shower heads and more – some additional low-cost upgrades that can make a big difference.  Some of these upgrades might be included in the cost of your home energy checkup!
  • Weatherization of your home – identifying and plugging air leaks that let the warm air out in the winter and cool air out in the summer.  This project is low cost and can create instant savings and a warmer, cozier home!
  • Adding insulation – you might have some insulation, but need to add more, or you may not have any.  Insulating is a bit higher cost project but can lead to more savings and comfort.  Adding attic insulation is often the best first step and is generally less expensive and easier than adding wall or floor insulation.
  • Smart Thermostat – your Energy Advisor may recommend installing a Smart Thermostat.  Smart thermostats help you to use energy wisely, like lowering the heat a bit while you are off at work during the day or at night while you are sleeping.  With a smart thermostat you can save money and be comfortable!  Smart thermostats are generally $150-200 with extra cost for installation help if needed.  There may be rebates available in your area to lower the cost, check our Smart Thermostat Action page for resources.
  • Replace old appliances – if you have old appliances, the Energy Advisor may recommend replacement.  Many appliances, like refrigerators, have improved significantly in efficiency and performance and they can generally pay for themselves through energy savings over time.
  • Water Heaters and Furnaces – replacing older water heaters and furnaces can provide an opportunity for significant energy savings and increase in home comfort.  The best timing for upgrades will depend on your climate and current equipment.

Make sure to ask questions about the recommendations including what is involved in the work, how long it will take and cost.  They can help you compare different project options by estimated energy savings and cost and decide which projects are right for you to move forward with on your budget.  Look for more information on all these projects on our action pages!