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How You Can Get An Energy Audit
What is an energy audit?
One of the most recommended ways to conserve energy and lower your bills is performing an energy audit on your home. A home energy audit will pinpoint the areas of your house that use the most energy and suggest the most effective measures for cutting your energy costs. It can be as easy as conducting a simple home energy audit yourself and contacting your local utility for tips and advice, or you can take it a step further by investing in an independent energy auditor for a more comprehensive examination.
For more general information check out the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Web site to take advantage of a wealth of tools and tips.
Do-it-yourself home energy audits
By following these tips to perform a home energy audit, you can reduce your energy consumption and make a positive impact on both the environment and your monthly utility bills!
You can also use an energy bill calculator to approximate your energy bill. Enter your zip code and press go. A survey will pop up with specific questions about your home. When you are finished the site will give you an estimate on your energy bill and the best ways to save energy in your specific home.
For more energy calculators go to the EERE website.
Hire a professional energy auditor
If you want to improve the efficiency of your home, especially if you have high energy bills or your home is uncomfortable, consider contacting a professional to conduct a home energy audit. Your first step should be to contact your electricity provider to see if they offer free or discounted energy audits to their customers. If not, you can hire a home energy professional, such as a certified Home Energy Rater, to evaluate your home’s energy efficiency. Many home energy raters work with small businesses as well.
There are several options for finding a Home Energy Rater near you:
1. I recommend the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) website as the easiest way to find a home energy rater near you. The list of raters is complete, easy to read, and has full contact information including email addresses. List of RESNET raters
2. The Texas Home Energy Raters Organization (TXHERO) is a not-for-profit professional organization that promotes the benefits of energy conservation initiatives and monetary incentives to homeowners, homebuilders and businesses. Texas HERO consists of independent energy management professionals located throughout Texas. Many home energy raters work with small businesses as well. Click here to see a list of TXHERO member companies located throughout Texas. You can click on their individual websites or call to find more information about the companies listed and the locations they serve.
3. Or visit the Energy Star database to find a list of home energy raters from all over Texas. The spreadsheet is easy to read, with company names, service areas, and phone numbers, however the names are organized alphabetically, making it kind-of time consuming to find the correct location.