There are several online, do-it-yourself home energy audit
tools that you can use to gain an understanding of your energy use patterns and
costs. Based on these audits, you can
change your inputs to see potential savings.
For example, you can increase the attic insulation, install curtains or
drapes for windows and patio doors, reduce hot water usage, and switch from
incandescent bulbs to energy efficient lighting.
For any of the DIY energy audits, you will be asked to provide information, including but not limited to:
- electricity rate or cost per kilowatt-hour
- energy use, such as:
- actual or estimated energy requirements or wattages of electrical devices
- hours per day of use for each device
- home construction
- type of construction
- windows and doors
- insulation in the attic, floors and walls
- heating, cooling and water heating systems
Other pages in this section:
What is an Energy Audit?
DIY Home Energy Audits
Detailed Home Energy Audits
After the Audit - Using the Findings
Right© - Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA):
The Energy Right Do-It-Yourself energy evaluation guides you through a series of online worksheets to provide information about your home and your energy usage. When you complete the do-it-yourself energy evaluation, TVA
will send you a customized energy report to help you understand where your home
is wasting energy – and how you can fix those expensive leaks. It addresses
areas such as heating and cooling, lighting, water heating and electrical appliances.
The tips are personalized based on your answers about your home and energy use.
To start your Energy Right© Do-It-Yourself energy evaluation, click the
logo or this link :
Energy Right© also offers programs for business and
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Saver™ - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory:
The Home Energy Saver™ (HES) empowers homeowners and renters
to save money, live better, and help the earth by reducing energy use in their
homes. HES recommends energy-saving upgrades that are appropriate to the home
and make sense for the home's climate and local energy prices. The money
invested in these upgrades commonly earns "interest" in the form of
energy bill savings, at an annual rate of 20% or more (see examples). HES also
estimates the home's carbon footprint and shows how much it can be
reduced. Click the logo this link:
Professional users - LBL also offers HESpro, designed by
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and supported by the DOE, Office of
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
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