Doing Renovations? Why An Energy Audit is Worth It
Is your home too cold? Too warm? Bills higher than they should be? An energy auditor can help. In our fast-paced, interconnected lives, virtually everything runs off electricity or fuel of some sort. An energy auditor can help you determine what’s wasting your energy and money every time you use it and where you can make improvements. It doesn’t matter whether your house is decades old or brand new - there are always things that can be fixed or tweaked to make things just a little greener. Energy audits range in price, but if you’re serious about the long-term sustainability of your home it’s a quality investment to make.
What Exactly Does an Energy Auditor Do?
The growth of the green economy has created a brand new subsect of energy professionals. With many governments offering incentives like rebates or grants for energy efficient construction, there are a number of benefits to getting a trained professional to study your home for potential shortcomings before you take the plunge on any changes or renovations. Many Energy Auditors come from an engineering or contracting background and are experienced with the more nuanced parts of energy consumption and household construction. They use specialized methods like a blower door test combined with infrared cameras to determine where air is leaking out. They also do measurements of insulation, windows, and doors so that you get the complete picture of where your home may be lacking in efficiency. Depending on the size of your home, the process can be completed in a day or two.
How Much Will An Energy Auditor Save You?
An energy audit is a jumping point for more renovations, both big and small. Think of it like studying for an exam. Before you actually sit down to write it, you want to be as prepared as possible and cover all bases. An energy audit will help you determine what you need to prioritize if you’re going to invest in the long term efficiency of your household.
Overall, however, you can expect big savings on your energy use. Replacing windows and insulation can save you upwards of half your monthly bill. Smart thermostats like Mysa can help too. An energy auditor will also make recommendations on specific products that are most efficient and should provide you with a list of applicable rebates and grants in your area that may help mitigate the costs of your renovations - and even the cost of the energy audit itself.
Real Comfort is Worth It.
Besides the obvious benefits of long term financial savings and making your life a little more green, an energy audit and the ensuing renovations will make your home feel a lot more comfortable. With less heat loss from drafts and the addition of advanced, smart technology, you won’t get crazy fluctuations in temperature that come with inefficient builds. What’s better than feeling comfortable in your own home?
It’s In Our History
Mysa actually grew out of an energy auditing business. Our CEO, Josh Green, wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. Working for oil and gas firms here in Newfoundland wasn’t his calling, so he decided to put his engineering knowledge to good use in people’s homes. While he found there were many options to help people with furnaces and other heating sources to lower their bill through smart technology, there just wasn’t one for electric heat. Sensing a need to help lower some of the biggest bills that homeowners face, the Mysa journey began.
Energy efficiency is going to continue to be a prominent piece of home building and development for years to come as the world becomes more and more aware of its carbon footprint. So before you go ahead with your dream bathroom or that bright open concept kitchen, the most responsible thing you can do is to make sure that you’re not racking up needless bills because of things that can easily be fixed.
Check out your local listings to find a reputable professional. get an energy audit. Find out what to fix. And if you have electric heat, they’ll tell you to get Mysa, too.