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DIY: Step 1 – Get to Know Your House and Assess Areas of Need for Energy Saving Projects

While professional Energy Audits (preferred) are available from private firms and many utility companies, you can also conduct your own energy audit (also called a Home Assessment). Conducting an energy audit on your home to check for Air Leak, and fixing any problems that are found, can reduce your energy costs by as much as 30%.

Do-It-Yourself Home Energy AssessmentHome Assessment DIY imageIn order to identify energy loss in your home, you need to conduct a home energy assessment. If you choose not to hire a trained professional, there is still a lot you can do. By using this checklist to identify problem areas and making energy efficient changes, you can significantly lower your energy use and utility bills. At the end of the assessment, there is a list of simple steps that you can do to save even more energy.

DIY Energy Audit for Your Home (video)

Detecting Air Leaks

Once you have assessed your home, use this helpful article to set priorities for your projects: Making Sense (and Cents) out of Home Energy Efficiency Projects

DIY Detecting Air Leaks

Making Sense (and Cents) out of Home Energy Efficiency Projects

Step 2: Setting Priorities

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Photo of Laura LanghamLaura LanghamEnergy Conservation Program Manager (919) 515-8474 laura_langham@ncsu.eduAgricultural and Human Sciences - NC State University
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