In a previous blog post, we’ve talked about the process of home efficiency audits, which show you exactly what changes you need to make to your house in order to turn it into a true ally of our planet. But in some cases, you may not need a professional to make the trip to your house and thoroughly examine your property to determine the steps you need to take to become energy-efficient. If you know what to look for, you may be able to make the adjustments to your house yourself.
So, when it comes to a home efficiency audit, what’s considered a perfect score? What, exactly, does an energy-efficient house look like?
An energy-efficient home doesn’t have air leaks
One of the easy ways for your home to lose its energy efficiency is through air leaks. Think about it from a practical standpoint. However, your home gets its power, whatever is supplying that power is going to have to work harder than it normally has to if your house has an air leak because that cool air it’s supplying in the summertime is going to immediately be vacuumed straight through that leak and out of your house, forcing that energy source to immediately provide more cool air to make up for the quantity that it just lost. To say that’s not very efficient is an understatement.
An energy-efficient home has relatively new heating and cooling systems
Speaking of supplying cool air during the heat of summer, your house is going to be considered much more efficient if your heating and cooling systems are fairly new and thus working the way they’re supposed to. If the heating and cooling systems are getting old, they may not work as efficiently as they’re supposed to, which in turn might be costing you money. Be sure to keep track of these products as they age, and replace them every so often to make sure that they are doing their part to keep your house as energy-efficient as possible. And while you’re at it, all of these same principles apply to your water system.
An energy-efficient home has functional pipes, appliances, and plumbing systems
Just the same way you need to check up on your heating and cooling systems to make sure they’re working correctly, you need to do the same for your pipes and plumbing systems. A crack in a pipe, for example, means that you’re naturally going to have to use more water in order to get the amount of water you want to come out of your faucet, as a crack means that some of the water that’s on its way to your faucet will get lost through that crack and ultimately be wasted. This goes for all your appliances- if something isn’t working right, and it’s causing more energy to be used, your house is officially not energy-efficient.
Do you believe your house qualifies for the installation of solar panels? Would you like to schedule a home efficiency audit to make sure that your house is a true friend to our planet? Reach out to us today!