As a homeowner, your home represents a significant portion of your wealth. But if you feel like you’re throwing good money after bad when your monthly energy bill arrives, there are likely areas of your home that are costing you more than you imagine.
Whether it’s your heating or water bill that’s draining your bank account, the fact is that most homeowners are paying far more in energy costs than they should be.
If you feel as though your bill is too high—especially if it’s a significantly higher one than the month previously, it’s always a good idea to contact your utility company. They may be able to make an adjustment if they agree that the usage is unusual. They may also be able to offer programs to help lower your energy bill on a monthly basis:
- Average payment plans
- Rebates or incentives for energy efficient products
- Time-of-day or off-peak rates
- Maintenance programs
- Financial assistance
However, keep in mind that your monthly energy bill doesn’t tell the whole story. For example, it doesn’t explain what’s costing you or why.
There’s only one way to know for sure why your monthly energy costs are so high, and that’s by having a certified RESNET home energy rater visit your home for an energy assessment, also known as an energy audit.
These skilled, qualified professionals will do a thorough audit of your home, analyzing elements like your insulation, HVAC system, water heater and distribution, and everything between the roof and foundation.
RESNET qualified contractors, too, can help you in your efforts to keep your energy costs down. Highly trained in energy efficient practices, they can carry out cost-effective energy retrofits that make your home more energy efficient and provide a better quality of life for you and your family. Find one in your area.