Christy and I have been paying some high utility bills lately, and we’ve come to realize that our house needs some work on the energy efficiency front.
Luckily, our utility company (Austin Energy) is pretty proactive about promoting energy efficient alternatives and even have a program where they will send someone out to do a free in-home Energy Audit.
In the audit, a contractor comes by and does several measurements around the house, including a blower-door test (below), inspects insulation, a/c, furnace, windows for leaks, water heaters and other appliances and then summarizes what areas need addressing.
For us, and our old home, quite a lot of the bigger things could use a solution. Those bigger things being A/C, windows, and insulation. All those items were very old, if not original to the house.
But we couldn’t afford to take care of all these things at once, so we decided to address the item that could give us the most bang for the buck for starters.