At present, the USA consumes 1/7th of the world’s total consumption of energy from fossil fuel. But because fossil fuel is a non-renewable source of energy that is getting scarcer as each year, the US Department of Energy strongly encourages households to get home energy audits in exchange of tax credits and reduction in energy bills. While this is encouraged to all homes, it is especially targeted to those built before 1965.
There are numerous energy auditing technologies present today used by auditors to assess energy consumption and insulation needs of a home. These include electrical measuring instruments, combustion analysers, fuel efficiency monitors, flue gas analysers, thermometers, manometers, water flow meters, speed measurement devices, leak detectors, and lux meters.
Air flow is easily measured with the use of combustion analysers. The degree of which air flows freely in and out of your home is a direct manifestation of the efficiency of your home insulation. Home energy audits are conducted to analyze what gases are present and also determine where they are coming from. By getting to the root cause of the problem, you can create plans to improve your home’s energy consumption.
Fuel Efficiency Monitors
Leaks from your fuel tanks contribute to the amount of energy billed although not used. Leaks from your fuel tanks can however be monitored or evaluated through the use of fuel efficiency monitors to determine fuel efficiency.
A similar device called a flue gas analyser is also used by professionals to determine the amount and quality of gas in your tank. Knowing the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide content in your home through such devices allows you to determine whether you are using just the right amount of fuel for your energy needs.
Electrical Measuring Instruments
These instruments are used to measure the basic electrical parameters including voltage, current, frequency, energy consumption and so on. If your home energy auditor utilizes the latest equipment, he should be able to produce cumulative readings and print outs at the right intervals. Effective energy auditing begins the right electrical measuring instruments and followed by an auditor who can operate them right.
Thermometers and Manometers
Thermometers are also used in energy auditing. Thermometers are used to determine the amount of heat in your own. At times, they will also be used to locate the hot spots or areas in your home with poor insulation. On the other hand, manometers are used to check the air velocity or the speed of air that enters your home.
Water Flow Meters, Speed Measurements, Leak Detectors and Lux Meters
All these other devices are used to detect energy-related problems aside from insulation. The proper handling of these technologies can help assess whether your home needs to change its energy saving measures.
But bear in mind that no matter how efficient and accurate the energy auditing devices used by an editor, if the auditor is not certified to do the audit, all efforts are still doomed to fail. Not only will you be wasting money, you will also be losing the chance of enjoying tax credits that your state may be offering for having your house insulated. So go with a firm that is certified by RESNET. Visit Star Energy Audits at 5826 Louis XIV, New Orleans, LA 70124 or call us at 504-383-3261.
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