Ever get that feeling of dread about seeing your monthly energy bill, particularly in the winter? Have you considered evaluating how efficient your home is? With the right home energy audit checklist in hand, it can be a DIY project!
Home heating accounts for a whopping 60% of the average North American home’s energy costs. That’s a big deal! Plus, the cost of electricity is rising and most of us are staying home these days due to COVID. So, it’s a great time for a home energy audit, to see where your home could be costing you money.
Yes, there are professionals who can conduct a home energy audit for you. In fact, that’s how our CEO, Josh Green, started his energy-saving career! But we’re here to show you how your home uses energy and where your hard-earned dollars are going every month. And we’ve put together a home energy audit checklist to help.
Hi. I’m Amy, and I work on the Marketing Team at Mysa in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. This is the story of how my husband Shawn and I did a DIY home energy audit to learn how to spend less on home electricity.
Spoiler alert: It’s way easier than you think!
Step 1: Take a Tour of Your Home
We recently purchased an older home and noticed our monthly electricity bill was really high. For our 2000 sq ft home, we’re paying an average of $300/month equal payment plan at $0.12 per kilowatt-hour (read more about what kilowatt hours here).
In an 80-year-old house with lots of add-ons and various HVAC systems (heat pump, electric baseboard heaters, electric in-floor heating, electric AND wood-burning fireplaces), it was hard to identify our energy-stealing culprit!
We gave our CEO (and former energy auditor extraordinaire!) Josh a tour of our house and showed him the areas we thought were problematic. We then went room by room with a thermal camera and found the areas of concern most common to most older homes like ours. Here’s what Josh recommended: