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How to Measure Whether Your Home Is Using Too Much Energy

Windows are in our home to provide natural light and ventilation. Aside from that, they also help us with our energy efficiency. However, there are times when your window might fail. Before you jump straight into window replacement, there are ways to determine whether your window really is failing, and that’s by checking if your home is using or losing too much energy.

How to Measure Whether Your Home Is Using Too Much Energy

Energy Audit

One way to determine if your home is losing energy is by having a home energy audit done in your home. You can contact your utility or state energy office to see if they offer free or discounted energy auditions. If so, they can check if there are any other reasons why your home is losing energy other than your windows. Should they find no other cause, then it might be time to think about getting replacement windows for your home.

Home Energy Rater

Home Energy Raters are specialized contractors who can perform an energy efficiency evaluation of your home. ENERGY STAR® can help you find a home energy rater. These contractors can help you evaluate your home with their state-of-the-art equipment and then recommend improvements that can help you get the best results

ENERGY STAR® Home Yardstick

To use the ENERGY STAR Home Yardstick, you’ll need various information about your home, such as its age, square footage, number of occupants and energy bills for the past year. Most of your funds go toward heating costs and electric consumption so it’s important to know this. A home that scores 10 on the scale means that it uses less energy than similar homes while a home with a score of 1 means it performed poorly. With the Home Yardstick, you can obtain insights into how much energy your home uses and even an estimate of your home’s annual carbon emissions. Click here to access the ENERGY STAR Home Yardstick.

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