How Much Energy does it take to Operate Your House?

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Most people are not aware how much energy and money it takes to operate their home after they move in. Please watch the informative video below to help understand why having a Certified Energy Home Inspector is so valuable.

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How much energy does it take to operate your house?

Many homebuyers focus on the cost of a prospective new home, the mortgage interest rate and the cost of taxes, but they don’t look at the home’s annual operating costs. The utility bills of similar homes in the same neighborhood can vary by hundreds of dollars per year. Over the life of a mortgage, you could spend – or save – thousands of dollars, based on how your home consumes energy. A Certified Energy Home Inspector can help you evaluate your current home, or a home you plan to purchase to help you see how you can reduce your energy costs.

The average US home consumes about 10,800 KWh of electricity per year. Residential consumption in Kennewick, however, exceeds the national average by 1,700 KWh per home annually. Even though the cost of electricity in Kennewick is lower than what most US residential consumers pay, the average Kennewick homeowner can expect to spend about $1,000 per year on electricity costs alone. If you use other energy sources in your home (like natural gas), you can expect to pay even more.

Reducing your energy costs can pay big dividends, for not only your wallet, but also the environment. Lowering energy consumption reduces your home’s carbon footprint and helps support our communal goal of becoming more energy efficient.

Without spending too much thought on it, you can probably already identify the biggest energy consumers in your home. They are:

  • Heating and cooling
  • Water heating
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Lighting

Changing your energy consumption patterns in these areas can make a noticeable change in your energy usage, and your utility bills. Sometimes, it’s hard to know where to start. Home inspections designed to identify your home’s inefficiencies can help you spot ways to save.

Certified energy home inspectors measure your home’s energy consumption using specialized equipment, and find the areas in your home that lose energy. Trained home inspectors examine your heating and cooling systems, ductwork, insulation, roof and ventilation, windows and doors, refrigeration, lighting and appliances to locate opportunities to reduce your energy consumption.

Using the results of the inspection, they recommend steps you can take to reduce energy losses, and reduce utility costs. By sealing windows and doors, adding insulation, cleaning and maintaining your heating and cooling system or perhaps even investing in high-efficiency heating and cooling, EnergyStar compliant appliances, tankless water heaters, and water-saving appliances and fixtures, you can reduce your overall energy consumption. Over time, your investments could eliminate thousands of dollars in unnecessary energy expenses.

If you would like more information about a home energy inspection, call us at Home Inspections Plus at (509) 430-7778 today!

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