Energy Audit:

The Secret to Lowering Your
Energy Bills

Did you know:

  • The typical U.S. family spends about $1900 a year on home utility bills? Of course, that's just the average: the bigger the home, the higher that number.
  • Only 20% of homes built before 1980 are well insulated?
  • 43% of your utility bill goes for heating and cooling, and together these systems in the U.S. emit 150 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, which adds to global climate change. (These stats and figures are from the U.S. Department of Energy's "Energy Savers Booklet.")

However, there's good news. You have more control over your energy costs than you might think. You may have already had a free energy audit by NSTAR and have taken some simple steps like installing a programmable thermostat, switching the more traditional incandescent bulbs for the more efficient compact florescent bulbs (CFLs), and air drying dishes instead of using the dry cycle on your machine. These small changes may add up to big savings over time.

But what if you want to create more savings right away and have more of an environmental impact? That's when investing in a full home energy audit makes sense.

What is an energy audit?
An energy audit is an inspection of your home's energy "performance." It's conducted by professionals who know what to look for in your house. A good auditor will conduct a blower door test while taking images with an infrared camera or thermal imager, which visually captures -- on film -- heat loss or air leakage.

What should you look for in an energy auditor?

Good auditors are thorough. They delve into all those nooks and crannies in attics, basements, and crawl spaces in addition to every room in your home. They'll provide you with a detailed written analysis that highlights problem areas and provides solutions. For example, regarding the pictures above, here was the recommended remedy: "Air sealing this area with caulking is recommended to reduce the amount of unheated air leaking into the conditioned space."

Should you make all the recommended changes yourself?
That's up to you. Some recommendations are manageable on your own. More complicated processes are best left to your contractor.

Why do it now?
Heat loss in some of the usual "suspect" places, like attics and basements, contributes to rising energy costs during the winter months. By identifying and fixing the most significant problem areas, you'll conserve energy, lower your bills, and help the environment at the same time. An energy audit ensures the "identification" part is as comprehensive as possible, and a quality contractor can help you take the next steps.

Why use us for your energy audit?
At Morse Constructions, we provide a one-stop solution: we'll arrange your energy audit, help you interpret the results, make recommendations and implement a plan for the most efficient and value driven solutions. The time to do this is now. Contact us today to arrange an energy audit of your home.