Before you can improve your home’s efficiency, you’re going to have to know where your home is under performing. Is the attic lacking insulation? Are the windows leaking? How many cracks and crevices need to be caulked or otherwise sealed?
It’s not easy to see these things with your naked eye, otherwise someone else would have already caught them long ago. Instead, an energy auditor will use specialized tools like infrared cameras to find the hidden energy loss you’re trying to correct. Often, you can have an energy audit completed by your utility company at low or no cost, but even if you need to find your own pro, it’s worth the minimal cost.
After all, how can you begin to know what green upgrades are appropriate for your home if you don’t know where the leaks are? Check out this in depth video from the The US Department of Energy that explains what an energy auditor does, it’ll help you know what to expect from your own audit.