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Home Energy Audit – As Recommended By Earth 4 Energy

Many people are starting to see the benefits of [tag-tec]renewable energy[/tag-tec] such as solar power for homes.

Apart from the mortgage, our home electricity bill is one of our largest household expenses. Any ideas that can reduce our home energy consumption is worthwhile to be explored further.

As I was reading Michael Harvey’s Earth 4 Energy, I realize he did mention to do a home energy audit before implementing any renewable energy system. Why should we do an audit?

When we do an energy audit, we are in effect getting to know our energy bills in detailed. I have to admit, doing it is no fun. It’s painfully actually. You will be surprised how much energy your home is wasting on a daily basis.

First, we should dig out all the electric bills for the last couple of years. Some people may have kept the bills and some may not. If you don’t, you should start doing it.

Lay all the bills out and compare them. Look for the trends in the usage of power. Are there any spikes in the power consumption?

When I did this, I notice a distinctive spike for the bills starting from mid 2008. After I looked into it closer, I noticed that was when our power utility company increased the power rate.

Our home energy bill when up about 12 percent! But the total power in kilo Watt hours (KWH) used is generally the same. I don’t think there’s anything I can do about this other than writing a complain letter to the utility company.

Next, the book Earth 4 Energy recommended to locate air leaks on our homes. As I found out, simple leaks can increase energy consumption in terms of cooling or heating by 5 – 30%.

Where should we look?

A good place to start are corners, chimneys, piping or wire exits and along the foundation. To plug air leaks, we should also use a good seal form around doors and windows.

If you have an attic, look at the hatch. It is insulated?

Some of the building material may be crumbling or compacted which means it has lost its effectiveness. Similarly, check your basement ceiling, as well as basement walls. Make sure all hot water pipes and furnace ducts are insulated also.

There are many more home energy audit recommendation in Earth 4 Energy. If you would like to find out more, check out Earth 4 Energy review on this blog.

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Related web sites:

1) Renewable Energy Guides Review


2) Power 4 Home Review – A Complete Review of John Russel Power4Home

3) Home Energy Saver – The first web based DIY energy audit tool.

By | 2012-11-06T09:55:29+00:00 June 12th, 2009|Home Energy Audit|4 Comments

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  3. Anthony September 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    YES! Even though we offer renewable energy sources such as the Windspire, Solar Panels, and Geo Thermal heating and cooling systems we ALWAYS recommend a Energy Audit before adding any Alternative Energy System.

    Anthony Stonis

  4. Will December 22, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Before you do an audit, the Google Powermeter is an app that will let you check for information via the Internet and any web-enabled phone. Powermeter is an online application that can take all information from an electrical monitoring device in your house and provide information about your power usage in real time.

    While this app does not have the ability to provide integration of smart metering to almost every country at this time, this app is being included in a number of countries including China, Italy, France, and Scotland. Google is partnering with a number of electrical power companies and will be testing the application in North America, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

    This concept is sure to be a big winner this year. Powermeter will be free to everyone and this app will not feature any advertisements which will make for a good program that many people can use. For users, it lets them have the ability to use this application on power monitors as well as other electrical monitoring devices.

    You can even see the total power usage in all appliances and you can even adjust the usage to the level that you’re okay with. With the cost of power on the rise, you can rest assured that this type of service will be a useful tool for those who want to know more about energy consumption as well as peak power usage. The new tool in providing information on power usage to those who need it.

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