If you are responsible for paying the electric bill for your residence, you may be interested in learning your electricity usage patterns. Most individuals tend to underestimate their electricity consumption and are surprised when they are hit with a huge bill at the end of the month. You can identify over-expenditure or electricity wastage with the help of an energy audit.
What is an Energy Audit?
The term “energy audit” refers to the analysis of energy consumption in a residence or a facility. The insight these audits provide can help you reduce wastage, and in turn, your electricity bill.
How to Perform an Energy Audit Yourself
Many people hire a professional to perform an energy audit of their residence. However, some of these activities can be performed on your own. Some DIY energy audit tasks include:
Check For Air Leaks
Energy audits are especially important during the wintertime as your electrical bill will be higher due to heating costs. For this reason, homeowners should look for any air leaks that may be causing warm air to escape their home.
You should check different parts of your home for air leaks. This includes door and window frames, electrical outlets, baseboards, and attic hatches. You can check for cold air blowing through these gaps by placing your bare palm around these surfaces.
Alternatively, you can try shining a flashlight through a surface with cracks or gaps and see if the light gets through to the other side to identify a leak. Any leaks you identify should be sealed or plugged with help of caulk or weatherstripping.
Inspect Your Insulation
Insulation plays a key role in keeping your home warm in the wintertime. This material is installed in a variety of different ways, depending on the type it is. Homeowners should start their insulation inspection in their attic, as this is where a significant percentage of heat escapes from.
You should ensure the entrance to your attic, whether it is a hatch or a door is well-sealed, and does not feature any gaps. You can use the air leak checking methods mentioned earlier to identify any leakages.
Homeowners should also check their wall insulation and ensure that it is present from corner to corner. You can check for this by drilling a small hole in your wall and inserting an inspection scope through.
Check Your Appliances
Certain home appliances may contribute significantly to your electrical bill. In fact, it is estimated that kitchen appliances alone are responsible for 25% of a household’s electricity usage. You should check the electricity usage for each appliance using an electricity usage monitor.
If you discover that certain appliances are using an excessive quantity of electricity when they aren’t being used, they should be unplugged.
Performing an electricity audit yourself does take a bit of time. However, you can reduce your electricity bill significantly by performing just one of these inspections.