Home Energy Audits Carolyn Lee
Home Energy Audits
If your electricity bills are higher than you’d like, but you’re not sure how to get them down, enlist an expert to help.
What Is An Energy Audit?
An energy audit is like a checkup for your home that identifies ways you can save both energy and money. Also known as a Home Energy Assessment, an energy audit looks at how much energy everything in your home consumes and also what you can do to make your home more energy efficient and more comfortable.
Why Get An Energy Audit?
‘Bill shock’ is becoming more common, with electricity prices having risen by 114% from 2007-2014. Electricity prices are set to continue to increase in the future. People are now looking at changing their appliances and their household’s behavior as a way of reducing their quarterly electricity bill.
An energy audit is a cost-effective way of identifying:
no and low cost things you can do now to reduce your bills
ways you can modify your home to make it more energy efficient
simple behaviour changes that can reduce your home’s energy consumption
appliance upgrades (if required)
Many of our recommendations will cost you nothing to implement. Others will require an upfront cost, but will significantly save you over the short–medium term (the usual payback is between 1–5 years).
Will An Energy Audit Save Me Money?
Implementing our recommended energy efficiency upgrades is likely to save you between 5-30% on your quarterly electricity bill. It’s an easy and affordable way to have a big impact on your electricity bill.
Example of Savings
Recently, we completed a Home Energy Audit at a home in Wollongong. The owner complained that the house was hot in summer and cold in winter and the electricity bills were rarely under $700/quarter.
After completing the Energy Audit, we identified a number of things that the homeowner could do to achieve a reduction of around $250/quarter. This included upgrading the roof insulation, replacing their oil filled electric heaters with more efficient wall heaters, installing an internal bi-fold door to retain the heat in winter, installing an awning on a west facing upstairs window; replacing venetian blinds with thermal backed blinds, replacing the halogen downlights with LED downlights; sealing around windows and turning lights and appliances off when not in use.
The approximate outlay for implementing the suggestions is under $4000, including the cost of the Energy Audit. The expected savings of around $1000/year mean that the overall payback is around 4 years. This is an excellent investment in a home if the plan is to stay medium – long-term.
How Much Does an Energy Audit Cost?
An Energy Audit costs between $250 – $400, depending on the size of the house.
We cover the following areas: St George and Sutherland Shire, Wollongong, Illawarra, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven, NSW South Coast, Macarthur, Wollondilly, Southern Highlands, Goulburn, Canberra, Capital Country, Central Coast, Newcastle, NSW Mid North Coast, New England and Blue Mountains.