Is your home an energy hog?

Find out if your home is an energy hog!

 

This winter seems to be carrying on and it can be a drain on your finances if you have a home that is not energy efficient. Hydro announced that they expect costs to rise by 42% over the next five years! Now is the time to make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible.

 

The first thing you can do to evaluate your home is to have it undergo and energy audit. This is something you can do yourself, but you will get more precise and accurate results if you hire a professional. Professionals can be hired via your local utility company or as an independent consultant. Professionals may use sophisticated equipment to conduct your review, including surface thermometers, infrared cameras and blower doors.

 

What will the audit look for?

 

Your home energy audit will look for cracks and openings in your walls, ceilings, doors, plumbing fixtures, windows, electrical switches, outlets and chimneys. These cracks allow the air to seep in and out of your home. If you have a fireplace, pay attention to the flue or areas with noticeable drafts.

 

Make sure your appliances and cooling/heating systems are working well. If they are not maintained to the specifications of the manufacturer, they can be a drain.

 

Check your insulation levels in the attic, walls, floors, ceiling and any crawl spaces you may have. By reducing the flow between the warm and cold air between inside and outside, the interior of your home will be more comfortable year round.

 

If you are planning on selling your home, doing this audit and making a few improvements could up the appeal of your house. 9 out of 10 homebuyers says they are likely to look for an energy-efficient home in the near future. (Ottawa East EMC News) Talk to your Ottawa real estate agent about which improvements will get you the most ‘bang for your buck’ when it comes time to sell.

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