Energy Tune Your Home With An Audit

Few people know that energy audits have been around for years and years. Typically through utility companies and sometimes for free. They often consisted of eyeball-only inspections that noted basic problems like the need for more attic insulation but didn’t go much farther than that.

Today, with energy costs escalating at an exponential rate, and with a more common awareness in homeowners that it’s just plain bad to waste, thorough and professional energy audits are becoming commonplace.

With high-tech tools such as infrared cameras and other methodologies, energy auditors can produce comprehensive reports on a home’s energy efficiency along with suggestions for fixes.

While some think that the costs of an audit, that can typically range from between $300 to $700, is high, it’s nothing compared to the cost of all the wasted energy in a typical American home that’s over 8 to 10 years old.

Interest in energy audits is rising in tandem with energy price. Traffic on the Energy Department’s audit-info website has increased by over 50% in the last year.

While I’ve been thinking that an energy audit might be a good thing for seller’s to have done prior to listing a home, especially if they have implemented energy efficient strategies and improvements, some states are considering making it mandatory.

There’s a movement to mandate audits during home sales and earlier in January 2008, Massachusetts Senate passed what could become the first state requirement that home sellers provide prospective buyers with an audit score on the home’s efficiency. Several other states are mulling similar moves.

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