Is An Energy Audit Worth It?

Posted on: December 16, 2013

Considering an energy audit for your home, but not sure if they’re worth it or just a cleverly disguised sales tool? An understandable fear, and sadly, some companies do simply use energy audits as an opportunity to sell you products and services.

At Action Air, we do things a bit differently. We give your home a thorough home performance evaluation before quoting you on a new solar energy system or home comfort system.

Why is this advantageous for you? It provides great benefit to you, the customer, because we will identify areas where you can improve your energy efficiency—allowing you to make relatively low cost energy efficiency upgrades that can lead to significant savings on solar or home comfort systems.

Saving energy is significantly cheaper than producing energy, so having a home performance audit and making the recommended upgrades prior to installing a solar electric system or a new heating and cooling system can actually save you thousands of dollars—while also improving home comfort!

What Does An Energy Audit Consist Of?

An energy audit will consist of a thorough inspection and assessment of your home’s envelope and appliances. Energy auditors will generally look at the heating and air conditioning systems, thermostats, ducts, and filters. They will also assess windows, insulation, weather stripping and other ways a building can lose or gain heat. Additionally, they may look at appliances and water usage, shower heads, and water heaters.

These areas combine to make up the vast majority of a home’s utility bills, so making improvements to even just a few of the highest priority items can make a significant difference in the amount of energy your home uses.

What To Ask When Choosing an Energy Auditor

There are several things you should consider when choosing an energy auditor, including:

  • How many audits have you performed?
  • How long have you been performing energy audits?
  • Do you have any referrals?
  • What is the process?
  • Do I have to use your service if you perform the audit?
  • What do I get when the audit is complete?
  • What certifications do you have?

At a minimum, you want to ask these questions to ensure that your home energy auditor is trained, experienced, and accredited to perform energy audits.

Schedule a Home Energy Audit in San Diego

If you would like to save on your home’s energy bills, improve your home comfort, improve indoor air quality, and decrease your carbon footprint, contact Action Air to schedule a San Diego home energy audit today. Contact us today to get started!