Bob Vila Radio: Home Energy Audit

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Oct 4, 2012 3:12 PM

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Which projects will do the most good to lower your utility bills? A professional home energy audit can help you decide.

Infrared House


Listen to BOB VILA ON ENERGY AUDITS, or read the text below:

A home energy audit can cost between $200 and $700, depending on the size of your home. Check your state or local energy office and your gas or electric utility to see if you qualify for any special programs offering free energy audits, because lots of them do. Be sure to check references on the company you choose.

If you’re paying for it, your audit should include a calibrated blower door test and thermography: using a large fan to pull the air out of your home and infrared photography, the auditor can literally see your home’s hot and cold spots and calculate how much every they’re costing you.

After thorough room-to-room inspection and testing, your auditor should give you a written report. A good audit will also include a cost benefit analysis of the recommended work, so you know which projects will pay for themselves the fastest.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on energy conservation, consider:

How To Save Energy At Home
Choosing the Right Energy Saving Bulb and Fixutre
Plugging Up Leaks with a Home Energy Audit