Who among us hasn’t looked at an energy bill at some point and thought, “How did I use that much power?” While we all expect energy costs to rise during Arizona’s infamously harsh summers, there comes a time when the parts of your home that are designed to regulate its temperature lose their effectiveness. Whether you physically feel the difference first or you don’t notice it until you open your latest bill, you’ll know when you’re due up for some energy-efficient home improvements.
But how can you tell exactly where the source of the problem is if you’re not a certified handyman or a seasoned DIY enthusiast? After all, knowledge is power when you have to do any kind of work to your home. The good news is that you don’t need to get an advanced degree to know how to increase your home energy efficiency—you may just need an energy audit. FOR Energy can help you there!
Read the Signs in Your Home
We’ll be honest: while it never hurts to get one (and we’d love for you to call us), not everyone truly needs a home energy audit right this second. But even if you don’t think you need one right now, you should still check on some things just to be perfectly sure. Here’s what you can do to help yourself determine if it’s time for an energy audit:
Look at Your Bills
This may require some digging around on your part, but it’s also a good way to catch potential problems early on. Look at your most recent energy bills and, if you have access to your old ones, compare with your bills from the same time a year or more ago. If they’re higher now, do you know why that is? If not, you may need some outside help.
Consider Your Home’s Age
How old is your home? When were your windows installed or last replaced? How long has the current insulation in your attic been there? When was your roof installed? These are all great questions to ask yourself because if you don’t know the answer (but you do know that it’s been quite some time, in any case), then you could use an energy audit. This could signal to you that it’s time for a repair or a replacement.
Feel it Out
The most tell-tale sign of something gone wrong with your home’s energy usage is when you find yourself walking over to the thermostat more often than usual. As soon as you realize what you’re doing and how little time has passed since you last realized it was way too hot inside, look into an energy audit.
We Can Find the Best Energy Efficiency Solutions FOR You
When you decide your home could use an energy audit, FOR Energy is your best bet. You can choose between a free Home Energy Checkup or a $99 ENERGY STAR® Audit with us. Either way, our experienced Energy Pros will take an in-depth look at your home’s typical and atypical energy loss points. We use thermal imaging technology to see what the unaided eye can’t, and we conduct a series of tests to make sure that your gas appliances are working properly and that your windows and doors aren’t letting drafts in. Once we know exactly where your home’s energy loss is coming from, we’ll tell you exactly what you can do to solve that problem.
Is it about time for your home to get an energy audit? Contact FOR Energy today to schedule your appointment and learn more about the services we offer.