How low can you go? Our Home Energy Audit with #ProjectEnvolve

I’m writing this post as a Project Envolve™ Ambassador. I have not been compensated for this post, but I did receive a promotional item to facilitate energy savings in my home.

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It’s #ProjectEnvolve time again! I can’t believe it’s time for Mission 5 already. As usual, we’re still talking about ways to cut energy usage each month and reduce your electric bill. But this month, all I had to do was sit back, relax and let the PE team take care of the heavy lifting! They sent a building analyst over to my house to do a Home Energy Audit. You might be wondering what that is (I didn’t know either…)

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What is a Home Energy Audit?

It’s a comprehensive diagnostic audit performed by a building analyst certified by the Building Performance Institute. The audit includes an examination of how much air is leaking in and our of your home, the condition of your hearing and cooling system and an assessment of the air quality including carbon monoxide and moisture conditions. Also includes are recommendations about energy-saving measures.

In short, our guy Steve gave our home a good thorough checking out and told us about every opportunity he saw to improve our energy efficiency.

He started out by installing energy-saving items like CFLs, smart power strips and faucet aerators. I was just a *teeny bit* disappointed that all we really needed was one power strip and (I think?) one light bulb. We were already in pretty good shape with all of that stuff!

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Then he checked our furnace to see if there was any carbon monoxide – one of my biggest worries. (See friendly Steve? Everybody: “Hi Steve!”)

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It turns out there is NO detectable carbon monoxide being released here. Yay! Home-energy-audit #ProjectEnvolve

Then, the really cool stuff started. He created an airtight seal in our door and set up a huge air blower. This created a backdraft situation throughout the entire house so we could find anywhere that air was leaking. This was my favorite part – the rush of air felt like a big thunderstorm was about to roll in, and it really felt like the whole house was being aired out after the long winter. I need one of these as a permanent fixture!

(And, I may be dating myself here, but all I could think of was the end of E.T…see?)

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While the air was blowing, Steve took the handheld reader thingee (that’s the technical name for it) and checked its infrared readings to see where air was rushing in. You can see by the dark blue in the photo at the top that we need to caulk our windows. In this photo below, you can see the other places we need to address: the cellar door, a poorly constructed, old window, and between some beams near the perimeter of the basement.

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I’m not sure I can even tell you all the things that our analyst did, because I was chasing the baby and he was busy for 4 whole hours. But the good news is that I didn’t have catch everything. He provided a full report with detailed diagnostics specific to our home, and now we know everything we can do to decrease our energy usage even more. There aren’t too many things we needed, really, since we’ve already dropped our bill a lot these past few months, and our electronics usage is very low, but our big problem is insulation. Steve was able to tell us that the walls and ceilings in our house are not insulated, so we may be able to cut our heating costs if we want to invest in fixing that. Definitely something to consider, and overall, a very educational day!

How can YOU get a home audit?

If you’re interested in knowing specifically how your home can be made more energy-efficient, contact PPL Electric Utilities and sign up for your own energy audit!

PLUS…

Readers who visit ProjectEnvolve.com and subscribe to the mailing list will be entered to win a $50 Home Energy Survey! It’s sort of a “mini audit”, including a walk-through evaluation by a certified surveyor and some energy-efficient goodies. PPL Electric Utilities will choose 2 winners from all who subscribe to the mailing list before Monday, April 7th at 4pm.

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BUT WAIT…there’s more!

You can even get the kids involved! Project Envolve has put together an entire Kid’s Energy Challenge to help kids start learning early about the importance of responsible energy management. My son is 4, and he had a great time with it (especially after our big audit day, which was “so cool.”) Just click on the robot below to access the learning activities, and be sure to share with your child’s teacher!

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Comments

  1. We have our own private power company in my town and they will come out and do an audit for free. It’s great to learn ways to save.
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  2. I love this. I NEED this. My house is an energy pit.
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  3. This is a great way to really see how much energy is being wasted! I’d love to have an energy audit in our new home!
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  4. I recently won a Project EnVolve giveaway and we got an energy measure thingee {thats the official name for it around here} that we can plug any electronic into to find out how much energy it is using for 24 hours {or however long we leave it plugged in because we forgot} and how much it is actually costing us. That thingee is so effective! It’s saving us money every.single.day. I would love to have the audit done, because we live in an old Victorian house. Money is flying out of the crevices right now. I just know it.

  5. holy cow that guy Steve looks sO MUCH like my brother Chris!! I had to do a double take!!

    We have a friend who has a device like that. he came to our house. we had some surprises and we are pretty on top of this stuff. always worth checking!
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  6. Sounds like they did a great job at helping you find ways to conserve more energy! I would love to have an audit done on my house too.
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  7. Oh, now this is AWESOME! I really need one of these, what an incredible offering! Love that they have a way for kids to be involved to! Thanks for the heads up about this!
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  8. What a great service! I think it is so great to find little (and big) ways to conserve energy. A little really can go a long way over time. – Katy
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  9. Saving energy is so important….living in Wisconsin we focus on making sure our energy does not go out the windows and doors. Too cold in winter to lose any heat!

  10. I so want to do this. I didn’t know this existed. Thanks for sharing.
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  11. I’d love to have an energy audit on our home, what a great to find all the areas you can save money.
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  12. Wow!! I didn’t know you could get a free audit and it would be so detailed! I will look into this! Thanks for sharing!
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    • Hi Laurie,
      Just to be clear – these are not free audits. I received my audit as a Project Envolve Ambassador. But, you can definitely enter to win the energy survey if you are a PPL customer, or I’d suggest checking with your local energy company. Thanks for your comment!

  13. What a great idea. Really cool to check your energy and what you may be wasting.
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  14. I am always looking for ways to cut my energy costs. It would be cool to check and see where we are losing energy and not even knowing it.
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  15. I need to jump in on this. We are horrible at wasting energy. The kids have a habit of pausing the tv and walking out, not to mention how many times they leave the fridge opened.

  16. This is really neat. We are going to be building soon and would love to have my home energy savvy!

  17. I really need to look into getting a home energy audit. I didn’t even know this was available!
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  18. I’m going to share this post with my husband because he is always trying to find ways to save money on our energy bills. Thanks for sharing!
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  19. We got chosen to do an energy check in our home.It’ good to make your home energy wise.
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  20. That is so cool! I know we’d have a lot of suggestions for our house.
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  21. WOW How Cool Is That, What A Awesome Gadget I Must Get One ASAP!
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    • Hi Lisa,
      I think you may need to be an auditor to use the infrared gadget, and those door blower might be a bit cumbersome, but I’m sure you could find an auditor to help you use one in your home! :)

  22. great tips, I so wish I wasn’t lazy and just unplug what we do not currently use, I have heard this saves a lot of money too!
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  23. I could definitely use something like this. I have no doubt there are many, many areas in the home that could use some energy saving enhancements.
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  24. I had a home energy audit done and it was a wonderful thing for getting more efficient and saving money.
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  25. I had this done a few year ago and they gave us a lot of good feed back.
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  26. We just moved and am seeing a lot of problems that are not energy efficient. Like the windows are not double pane and you can feel cold air coming in through the.
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  27. Oh! It’s just coming up to winter here in NZ, so an energy saving audit would be pretty good right about now :)
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  28. Wow! This is amazing. We so need this. I know our house is drafty and we’re literally probably throwing money out the window each month!

  29. Holy moly! I had no idea there was anything like this at all! We need this! Our house is really tiny but our energy bill is horrific!

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