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How to Conduct a Home Energy Assessment: Step-by-Step Guide 

Ever feel a mysterious chill despite cranking up the heating? Or maybe summer bills leave you confused about the cost? Here at Your Co-op Energy, we are all about empowering you to save energy and keep those bills under control. That's why a home energy audit is a fantastic tool! Think of it as a detective mission for your home, uncovering sneaky energy drains and leading you to a more comfortable, cost-effective living space. 

Now, you may think a professional audit sounds great, but what if you're looking for a more DIY approach? Fear not, this guide will equip you with the knowledge to conduct your own free home energy assessment, step-by-step. 

Grab Your Tools to conduct a free home energy audit (UK residents) 

To carry out the most effective home energy assessment, you'll need a few handy supplies: 

A handheld torch 

(to illuminate hidden nooks and crannies) 

A trusty thermometer 

(to check for temperature variations)

A notepad 

(to jot down your findings) 

Optional: A caulk gun 

(for sealing any air leaks you discover) 

draught coming through an old window

Step 1: The Case of the Chilly Draught 

Draughty windows and doors are like uninvited guests at an energy party – they let all the good (warm or cool) air escape! Time to grab your torch and check around windows, doors, fireplaces, electrical outlets, and plumbing fixtures. Feel for any air leaks with your hand or get fancy and use a lit incense stick to see if the smoke wafts – anywhere there's movement indicates a draught. 
loft insulation

Step 2: The Great Insulation Investigation 

Proper insulation is like a cosy blanket for your home, keeping the heat in during winter and the cool air circulating in summer. While you might not be able to measure your wall insulation yourself, you can check your loft for signs of inadequate insulation, like cold floors or uneven heating throughout the house. 
young man inspecting his boiler

Step 3: The Mystery of the Mighty Boiler 

Your boiler is the hardworking hero of your heating system. Locate it and give it a quick visual inspection for any obvious signs of wear and tear. Remember, a well-maintained boiler tends to provide efficient heating for your home; so regular servicing can make a big difference in its performance. If your boiler's getting on a bit in years, you might consider upgrading to a newer and higher-efficiency model. A future investment for your finances and the planet! 
young woman after changing her lightbulb

Step 4: Shining a Light on Lighting

Did you know those old hot-to-touch bulbs are real energy drainers? Consider replacing them with LED alternatives as they use far less energy and last much longer, making them a win-win for your energy bills and the environment. 
person filling up their saucepan with hot water

Step 5: Hot Water – Use it Wisely! 

Every little bit counts when it comes to hot water usage. Taking shorter showers and fixing leaky taps are small changes that can add up to big savings. Thinking about installing a water meter? This can help you track your hot water consumption, just pay for what you use and identify any areas for improvement. 
person sealing air leaks by their window

Step 6: From Audit to Action! 

Now that you've identified your home's energy issues, it's time to take action! Don't be overwhelmed – prioritize the easiest fixes first, like sealing those draughty air leaks with some caulking.  

By conducting a home energy assessment, you've taken a big step towards a more comfortable and energy-efficient home. Remember, every little improvement can make a difference to your energy bills! 

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