Fewer and fewer Americans are moving every year. While there are many contributing factors to this decline in moving, an important takeaway is this: if you’re staying put for longer, adding value to your home is two-fold. When the time does come to sell, the energy-efficient aspects of your house won’t go unnoticed, especially because Massachusetts contains some of the oldest houses in the country. You’re also making your living space more comfortable, which is key if you’re going to settle there for years to come. If you’re still asking yourself, “are home energy audits worth it?” then keep reading for 5 reasons why we say yes.
1. Bring Awareness to Where You’re Losing Out
Some of us are of the mindset, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but that motto might be causing you to miss out on energy savings in several different areas of your home. Is your refrigerator from the 20th century? Still using oil heating? Are you not sure why you’re living room is chilly even when you have the heat turned on? Between work and family life, it can be difficult to identify inefficiencies in your house, let alone figure out solutions on how to fix them. And then, you’ll have to find the time to do it. When you get a home energy audit, the auditor will find the problem areas in your house and even recommend solutions.
2. Save Money on Your Energy Bill
It’s more costly to heat or cool a home that is not energy-efficient. Between air leaks or lack of insulation, your systems will simply have to work harder to fight the inefficiencies. How many Energy Star certified products do you have in your house? When you replace drafty single-pane windows with Energy Star replacements, you can save $126-$465 a year in energy costs. If those savings are just from windows, just think how much more you can save in your living room, bedroom, and kitchen!
3. Fast, Easy, and No-Cost
As a Massachusetts homeowner, the energy-efficiency charge is already built into your monthly bills. So why not take advantage of it? In addition to being no-cost, the assessment isn’t time-consuming, either. When you schedule your home energy audit, an Energy Monster technician will only need 1-2 hours to assess your home. In just a short span of time, you’ll be able to instantly reduce your energy costs.
4. Instant Energy Savings — And Long-Term, Too!
After your home energy audit, our experienced technicians will provide energy-saving equipment to you: programmable thermostats, low-flow aerators for your faucets, and more. Now, you’ll be contributing more than ever at home to save the environment! We’ll also discuss our findings with you and share the most direct path to savings, whether it’s through air sealing, additional insulation, or other methods.
5. Don’t Forget About the Rebates
Worried about the cost of upgrading your appliances? It’s easy to take advantage of energy rebates through the Mass Save program. Your home energy auditor will see if you’re eligible, and if you are, you can start saving. There are energy rebates that affect different parts of your home, such as the thermostat, insulation, and heating. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about it — your Energy Monster technician will explain what they all mean and help you fill out the necessary paperwork, too.
In short, yes: home energy audits are absolutely worth it. With every season comes different ways to start saving energy in your home. And, with the cold months setting in, there is no better time than now to receive your home energy audit. Schedule yours today to take advantage of all these great ways to save energy and money.Return to Blog