The arrival of Autumn brings many things. Football, falling leaves, bonfires, pumpkins and crisp, cool weather. It’s a great time to start thinking about how you can determine the amount of energy your home uses, identify and prioritize any problem areas, and consider making some home improvements so you have control of your energy spend before Old Man Winter arrives.
One of the best first steps to assessing the energy efficiency of your home is a home energy audit. An audit can be done by a professional for the most complete evaluation. However, a thorough do-it-yourself audit can also identify key problem areas without the cost. In this blog, we will cover the ins and outs of professional home energy audits.
So, what IS a home energy audit, exactly? It’s a thorough, room-by-room examination of your home, pinpointing energy inefficiencies and providing an illustration of your home’s energy use. Making upgrades based on the results can not only save you money, but also help keep your home more comfortable all year long.
Professional Home Energy Audits
Energy auditors are incredibly thorough, not only examining each room with special tools and tests, but often include evaluating past utility bills. You can expect a professional assessment to include:
Check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s home energy audit infographic for more details. Click here for a list of professionals recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy who perform home energy audits.
Where Can I Find Energy-Efficient Products?
ENERGY STAR® is a government supported program which provides credible, unbiased information for consumers and businesses on energy efficient products, homes, buildings and plants, so they can make well-informed decisions. All their certified products can be easily identified by the ENERGY STAR emblem and are guaranteed to save money without sacrificing features or functionality.
AEP Energy Reward Store is our one-stop online marketplace filled with a variety of energy-saving and connected-home products available exclusively for our valued customers. It is a simple and convenient way for you to shop for items to make your home more energy efficient while saving you time and money.
You can earn Reward Dollars to use in Reward Store by enrolling on an AEP Energy price plan. One month after your enrollment date, you will start earning Reward Dollars to use towards your purchases in Reward Store. Simply collect Reward Dollars each month. Shop AEP Energy Reward Store products. And redeem your Reward Dollars instantly at checkout.