Getting an energy audit certification may not have seemed like much of an ambition for a private homeowner until a few years ago. The interest in home energy audits has increased rapidly, and there are now many who at least know someone who has had the audit performed for them. Not many people understand how an energy audit works, or what it can mean to their home if they have one done.
Step 1 - Learn about Green Energy
The purpose of a home energy audit is to assess exactly how much energy is being used by your home, and then to assess what can be done to improve the green quality of your energy use. Before you even begin to consider a home energy audit, it is essential that you check exactly how "green" you are, and take steps to install energy efficient devices.
Step 2 - Install Energy Efficient Systems
Install some of the green living equipment that government programs, such as Energy Star, are promoting. A solar panel, for example, is a good way of beginning to save energy. How much you move towards an energy efficient lifestyle depends upon the amount of money you are willing to invest. Other methods of energy efficiency that might help you to get certification are: installing under floor heating, using wind turbines to power boilers, or turning your thermostat down, so that it is not demanding higher room temperatures.
Step 3 - Take an Home Auditor Course
Enroll in a course that will train you to become more energy aware. These courses cost between $1,500 and $2,000 for each person, but at the end of it you will be that much closer to getting your own home an energy efficient certification.
Step 4 - Eliminate Energy Drains
Eliminating energy drains can be as simple as insulating your loft, or insuring that your A/C unit does not run when it isn't necessary. You may find that removing the A/C unit is one of the things that an energy audit inspector will expect to happen before your certification is given, so it is better to remove it now, before you are asked to.
Step 5 - Look up an Energy Audit Inspector
Once you are confident that your home is as energy efficient as you can make it, it is time to call in the auditor. You will probably find that there are a number of names in the telephone book. Weeding through those who have been on a day course (such as yourself), you should try and find someone who has links to the local government body, and who is fully accredited with several certificates to their name.
Invite them at a time when you are likely to be using as little energy as possible, and allow him or her, to inspect all the areas of your home. If you still need to improve on your energy efficiency, take note of the auditor's comments, and try again after they have been implemented.