Getting an energy audit of your home is an important first step to improving you home's energy efficiency. The audit will pinpoint areas for improvement and help you understand costs, so you will know where to focus your efforts.
What to Expect
Once you’ve hired an energy auditor, what happens next? The process typically takes a few hours and definitely includes the blower door test mentioned in the Energy Efficiency recommendations. Whether you receive the report immediately or in a few days, after consultation with the certified contractor, you want to have a clear understanding of what steps you should take, how much it is expected to cost, the return on that investment, and the incentives, rebates, and tax credits that will help you pay for it.
In the end, there should be a program for everyone including income-qualified programs from the utilities and local organizations such as the Cleveland Housing Network (which administers the FirstEnergy Community Connections program). There may also be a combination of rebates and incentives, as the Dominion Energy program is offering through February 2024, that could reduce costs by a third or more. As with any program that entails tax credits and income guidelines, familiarize yourself with the official websites (such as the White House’s Inflation Reduction Act Guidebook) and consult a tax professional if you have questions.