How To: Assess Energy Used in Your Home

July 08, 2016

By making your home more environmentally friendly, you help both yourself (financially) and the environment. It's a win-win. However, in order to know what types of changes to make, it's important to assess the energy that your home is using now. 


Image of a home with energy saving solar panels via Houzz.

Unfortunately, most homes waste a lot of energy. The good news: you can cut back on energy waste easily.

Here is a breakdown of where your home energy dollars are going (U.S. Department of Energy Buildings Energy Data Book, 2012).

  • Space Heating: 42%
  • Appliances: 22%
  • Water Heating: 18%
  • Space Cooling: 9%
  • Lighting: 6%

To save energy, you may consider the following:

  • Improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.
  • Improve your water heating efficiency.
  • Invest in more environmentally friendly lighting and appliances (look for the EnergyGuide and ENERGY STAR labels on appliances).
  • Do an assessment of how your specific home uses its energy. By doing so, you can take appropriate steps to improve it.

Here are some ways to assess your home's energy use:

  • Use an online survey (enter information about your home and your energy bills, and learn how your home compares to others).
  • Schedule a home walk-through (a professional looks at your home and makes recommendations).
  • Full home performance assessment (a home energy expert does testing and an analysis of your home's energy use and makes recommendations).

If you live in the Northern Virginia area and you’re interested in a free estimate, or would like to know how Lensis Builders, Inc. can make your home even better, give us a call at 703-367-8999 or fill out a short contact form. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, visit our Pinterest page.  

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