October 19, 2017
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A warmer home and lower heating bill start with a home energy audit

Stock photo | BDN
Stock photo | BDN
Presented By Penobscot Home Performance

Do you want to be more comfortable in your home on cold winter nights? Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint to help preserve the environment?
A home energy audit is a starting point to help you accomplish either or both goals, and depending on how you act on audit recommendations, you might save money too.
The value of a professionally done energy audit lies in the detailed information collected about where energy leaks from your home. Auditors conduct room-by-room inspections of a home, look through past utility bills, check insulation, look for gaps where utility lines enter the house and ask questions about energy use.
A thorough audit also includes a blower door test and a thermographic scan. In a blower door test, a special fan is set up in the main entrance to a house. The fan’s suction is strong enough to reduce the air pressure indoors, enabling auditors to see where cold air enters the house and where warm air leaks out. A thermographic scan uses an infrared camera to show what sections of a house are losing heat.
Once the audit is complete, the auditor should provide a detailed report of the results, a list of energy-saving improvements and an estimate of the potential savings from implementing those improvements. Penobscot Home Performance, a Bucksport company that specializes in home energy efficiency, says its customers save anywhere from 25 percent to 50 percent on their home energy costs after upgrades. Many homeowners appreciate the additional comfort of a warmer home as much as the money saved, the company says.
HomeAdvisor.com notes that energy-saving improvements save more than money. By reducing the amount of energy used, homeowners can have a positive effect on the environment. When less energy is used, less energy has to be produced, saving resources and reducing pollutants generated by energy production.
Additionally, the renovations that you make to improve energy efficiency can increase the value of your home. In fact, energy efficiency upgrades are the only home improvements that actually pay for themselves in the long run, according to HomeAdvisor.com.
An energy audit can also identify steps to improve indoor air quality by showing where inadequate ventilation may contribute to problems of moisture, radon, mold or dust.
You can get more information about home energy audits by calling Penobscot Home Performance at 207-808-7289. Their mission is to help transform your home into a healthy, safe, comfortable, and energy efficient place to live while helping build a more sustainable and secure energy future in the state of Maine.

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