Energy efficiency and the home
What does it mean a home energy efficiency?
Everybody has basic needs as to take a shower, to eat, to use a light, to warm up his living space in the winter, or getting in fresh in the summer. When we cook, we use the gas or electricity; we use water heater lightning, we use the AC as well to cool up our home in the summer and warm it up in the winter. Those actions required energy!
More efficient is your house, less energy you spend for the same action = less money.
Bottom line, if your home uses older, inefficient equipment, or if your home has never undergone energy-efficiency improvements, there’s probably a lot of energy — and money — going to waste.
So, how do you decide where to start saving energy use in the home? Where should you start and what improvements can you afford? For many homeowners, an energy audit can help measure your home’s current energy use, analyze its weaknesses and make recommendations about how to make the most efficient energy-efficiency improvements.
When you begin an energy efficiency upgrade in your home, there’s more to it than just getting an energy audit.
How do you know you need to upgrade? Where does your return on investment comes? What do you need to do to qualify for utility rebates? Are there other incentives available, e.g., tax credits and tax deductions?
What is an energy audit?
Energy audits company check the efficiency of a house by investigating how much energy is consumed and what changing the homeowner can do to improve it.
The energy audit will develop the roadmap on how to make your home more comfortable, produce cleaner indoor air quality, and the house more valuable.
When you hire a professional energy auditor, the assessment becomes scientific. Using most of the time a thermographic scan, which makes infrared energy visible and reveals over- or under-insulated areas, an energy audit can help you determine where your home is losing the most energy.
How do energy audits work?
Here how to get recommendations on how best to improve your house efficiency and reduce costs:
- All of your windows and exterior doors need to be closed, as well as the fireplace flue vent. The point is to seal all standard openings and then see where air comes in any way.
- Once the home has achieved sufficient negative pressure, the auditor will evaluate the home’s exterior envelope, looking for sources of drafts, heat loss or air infiltration. This may be performed with something as simple as a smoke pencil, which produces a wisp of smoke used to identify air currents, or something high tech like a thermography scanner.
Thermography measures surface temperatures by using infrared video and still cameras. These tools see the light that is on the heat spectrum. Images on the video or film record the temperature variations of the building’s skin, ranging from white for warm regions to black for colder areas. The resulting images help the auditor determine whether insulation is needed. They also serve as a quality control tool, to ensure that insulation has been installed correctly.
Financial, rebates and tax credits.
Consumers can find financial assistance for energy-efficient purchases and improvements in the form of incentives such as tax credits or rebates, and through energy-efficient financing.
Financing Energy Efficient Homes
You can benefit from energy efficient financing whether you’re buying, selling, refinancing, or remodeling a home. If you’re shopping for an energy efficient home, an energy efficient mortgage (EEM) can help you qualify for a more expensive home.
Rebates & Tax Credits
A federal tax credit is available for solar energy systems. The credit is for 30% through 2019, then decreases to 26% for the tax year 2020, then to 22% for the tax year 2021. It expires December 31, 2021. Learn more.