As we use more and more power, and electricity costs keep rising, homeowners have to seriously consider making more sustainable lifestyle choices.
One way to keep on top of the energy we consume, is via way of a home energy audit. An energy audit will identify power hungry appliances that may be the culprit for your rising energy bills.
A home energy audit explained
Our homes are full of electrical appliances, and more and more so as technology evolves. Heating, lighting, cooking, cooling, washing, entertainment, and charging too.
If we were to take a look at the breakdown of the average home’s energy usage, it would look similar to the below:
• Heating/cooling; 42%
• Hot water; 23%
• Appliances; 21%
• Refrigeration; 6%
• Lighting; 4%
• Cooking; 4%
When a home energy audit is undertaken, the entire electrical system is checked so that a clear picture is formed on the efficiency and where wastage is occurring.
Why would I want a home energy audit?
There are plenty of reasons why any homeowner would consider doing a home energy audit, including but not limited to:
• Improving overall energy efficiency
• Decrease your energy bills
• Identification of leaks and/or power hungry appliances
• Reducing your impact on the environment
The different types of home energy audits
Yes there are, and your electrician will further discuss this based upon your individual requirements.
Typically they fall under three categories:
- Basic energy audit
- Detailed energy audit
- Comprehensive energy audit
The home energy audit process
First of all, we need to find out exactly what your power consumption has historically and currently is. We can now begin to identify how to improve the efficiency of your home power system and make suggestions and create action items for your consideration.
Your electrician will then generally follow the below process:
- External inspection, looking for gaps and leaks from doors and windows.
- The home interior will have a thorough check, including an insulation inspection.
- Hot water and air conditioning will be checked for their age and their current effectiveness.
- Appliances will be checked to see the power they draw, and recommendations may be made.
- Lighting will be thoroughly inspected and audited, with again recommendations made to improve efficiency and to lower power consumption.
There are many reasons why you would want to engage a suitably qualified electrician to undertake a home energy audit. The environment and your back pocket can be the winners.
If you would like to discuss your energy efficiency requirements, then you can speak with one of our highly trained Bunbury Electricians. Either fill in the form, or give us a call and we’ll be only too happy to discuss your requirements.