You’ve probably heard the phrase “energy audit”, but have you ever tried to conduct one in your home? Probably not. Unfortunately, energy audits are quite underestimated, even though they have many financial, safety, environmental and health benefits. Here’s why every home and business should check their energy efficiency.
What’s an energy audit?
First things first, what exactly is an energy audit? It’s a complete analysis of a property that shows its energy efficiency and how that efficiency can be improved and energy consumption reduced. A well-conducted audit can help you reduce bills and usage costs, improve safety, conserve resources and reduce pollution and many more benefits. If you hire certified professionals, you can achieve energy saving on your appliances of 10 to 20%. Some homes and business can reach savings of up to 40%, especially if they have a bad history of energy saving.
Lower your bills
What attracts the biggest number of people to energy audits is the financial benefits. A good audit can help identify the week points in your home or building and point out power-draining appliances, gadgets and practices. And, as electricity isn’t getting any cheaper (it will probably only get more expensive as our resources dwindle), energy audits will become even more important in the future. Your expert will calculate your savings and offer amazing advice concerning Energy Star appliances, safety and even give tips that can help change your energy-wasting habits.
Even though money is always a good reason to perform an energy audit on your appliances, your main motivation should be your safety and the safety of your family, workers or property. For instance, you’ll learn if you have too many appliances for your grid and whether you’re risking overloading your system. Too many power-draining appliances can cause serious damage and even endanger your health! Of course, professionals can be very helpful here, but you can conduct an audit on your own here. Simply check if you have any appliances designed for certain electrical requirements plugged into the wrong outlet. For instance, the main voltage in Australia is 230V, but in Canada and the US, it’s 100/120V, which means it might damage your appliances. You can also contact an experienced electrician from Sydney to fix your broken switches and any other electrical fixtures that might be wasting energy or posing a safety threat.