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WHAT IS AN ENERGY AUDIT?
An energy audit at a dwelling is often the first step in making a home more energy efficient and comfortable. An audit can help assess how much energy the dwelling uses. It can provide a list for what measures need to be taken to improve efficiency. A professional home-energy auditor can use a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of a home. Thorough audits often use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.
Many things can affect the energy performance of homes. An energy audit can identify the factors that contribute to the waste of energy in a home. It can also help with making the home more comfortable to the occupants. An audit can help with identifying factors that affect the health and safety of the occupants. Energy audits alone don't save energy. The objective of an energy audit is to make recommendations that will likely improve the performance of the structure while lowering energy consumption.