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Advantages of a Home Energy Audit

By: Danny Lipford

An energy audit of your home is a worthwhile investment, since it finds the sources of energy loss so you can correct the problem. Consumer versions of tools like infrared digital thermometers and thermal imaging cameras are now available to allow you to conduct your own energy audit, or you can hire a service to do it for you.

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No doubt you’ve probably heard the phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind.” And, while it’s true you may not be able to see the places around your home where energy loss is happening, it’s a fair bet when you get the monthly utility bill, it’s definitely on your mind. Luckily for us, technology has advanced to the point that allows us to see the invisible. An energy audit of your home is a worthwhile investment, because it pinpoints the sources of energy loss so you can correct the problem. And now, the tools the pros use are available to anyone. Tools like this can be used to detect leaks around doors and windows by measuring the surrounding temperature. It can also detect an overloaded circuit that could possibly cause a fire. You can even rent state-of-the-art thermal imaging cameras that can give you a “chilling” account of where your home’s envelope needs to be sealed. So take advantage of these tools to remove the cloak of invisibility and turn “out of mind” into peace of mind.



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