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Rethink Energy: Energy Audits – Share Your Experience!

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This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team (AIRE). This county program helps you make smart energy decisions that save you money and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment. Got a question? Email us at [email protected]!

We’ve had an overwhelming response to our first few posts with over 15,000 readers and many questions submitted. Thank you! Please keep sending your questions to [email protected].

It’s amazing that you can buy a $25,000 car and it comes with a label telling you how much fuel it will use (in miles per gallon). When you buy a >$500,000 single-family home in Arlington you have no idea if the utility bills will be $200 a month or $1,000 a month. Let’s rethink that.

We often hear residents describe drafty rooms, high utility bills, temperature fluctuations from room to room, or other home energy issues. Sound familiar? An energy audit is still the best way to pinpoint the critical energy inefficiencies in your home, create a plan to fix comfort issues, and help you to make a decision when buying a home.

The one question we get the most about an energy audit is: “Who should I call to do an energy audit on my home?” We’re the government and we get our hands slapped if we recommend one vendor over another. Instead, we would love to hear who you used and what your experience has been with an energy audit. Post a comment below and share your energy audit experience. Let’s see if we can make the comments the Angie’s List equivalent for energy audits in Arlington.

Your neighbors want to know:

  • Who did your audit and were you pleased with them?
  • What did you spend on the audit?
  • Were you surprised with the findings of your audit?
  • Did you make changes?
  • Are you more comfortable?
  • Did you see a difference in your utility bills?

One thing we do recommend is that residents use a BPI certified auditor. These highly trained energy specialists ensure that your auditor will be knowledgeable and well trained. Search here for an auditor in the area here.

Don’t forget to post a comment below and share your energy audit experience with your neighbors.

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