Home Energy Audit. Enough Said!

iStock_000009371087XSmallRecently, my co-worker, Elizabeth, has been lamenting on the tummy troubles attacking her toddler. We’ve diagnosed the assault “pukenado.” Just as Sharknado has wreaked havoc on Los Angeles and serious TV programming, the pukenado has left a path of destruction (amongst other things) in this toddler’s wake.

I’m sure you’ve noticed, but this isn’t an official medical diagnosis. We leave the diagnostics to the professionals. When our children are sick, we take them to the doctor. When our cars break down, we go to a mechanic. So why do we try to diagnose our homes’ problems when most of us have no clue about home construction? A certified home energy auditor is like a doctor for your home.

Say “Ahhhh”

A Home Energy Audit is the first step in making your home more efficient, comfortable and healthy. If your home is too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter, drafty or damp, or if you suffer from high energy bills, you should get an audit. Just like our bodies, houses are complex and may require comprehensive solutions to concerns. A Home Energy Audit is like a doctor’s checkup for your house.

Certified auditors utilize various tests and tools to produce a detailed diagnosis and a detailed prescription to create a more efficient and healthy home. A visual inspection of your home can spot leaky doors and windows, and low insulation levels. Equipment such as blower door diagnostic tools measure the extent of air leaks from inside your home. And infrared cameras (like x-ray machines) can provide a better idea of what’s happening behind your drywall and areas that can’t be seen.

The Doctor is in the House

To take this analogy a bit further, an energy auditor is like your family doctor—he or she will look at your home in a holistic fashion, and not like a “single-solution” contractor. Because houses are complex; sometimes a necessary improvement can cause issues somewhere else in your home. For example, insulating and sealing leaks in the attic may cause humidity buildup in another part of the house.

Just as you need to follow a doctor’s advice to get healthier, so you need to implement audit recommendations to see savings. Xcel Energy has rebates and programs to help cover the cost of some improvements.

Check out our Home Energy Audit program for more information and a list of auditors in your area.

By Connector, Mary LaLone.

12 Responses to Home Energy Audit. Enough Said!

  • Penny Hinderaker
    August 20, 2013

    I called to schedule an Energy Audit on August 9 and haven’t heard back from Neighborhood Energy Connection to get on the schedule. Is this normal? Your online scheduling was unavailable at the time due to some updates so I called the 800 # and talked to someone in your call center.

    • marylalone
      August 22, 2013

      Hi Ms. Hinderaker – Our NEC partners receive high marks on the satisfaction surveys, so we certainly hope this is an isolated incident. I’ve forwarded your comment to the program manager to investigate. Thanks for letting us know and I am sorry for the disappointing experience.

  • phyllis perkins
    August 20, 2013

    I would like a home energy audit 232 cimarron lake elmo

  • Joe
    August 20, 2013

    Does this audit have any costs involved

    • Xcel Energy
      August 22, 2013

      For costs, click here and click on the “DETAILS” tab.

  • Bil Larson
    August 21, 2013

    Received the email about home energy audits. Great program and I am intersted. One problem, the info you sent me says I must be a Colorado Xcel customer and I live in Minnesota. Bummer about that!

    • Xcel Energy
      August 22, 2013

      Bil,

      Check this out. This is information for Minnesota customers like you.

  • Hattie Allen
    August 21, 2013

    How Much

    • Xcel Energy
      August 22, 2013

      For cost information, click here and click on “DETAILS”.

  • Hattie Allen
    August 21, 2013

    8264 Morgan
    Brooklyn Park,mn 55444

    Christopher Allen
    Hattie Allen

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