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Home Energy Assessments: The long and the short of it

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So you’ve decided to get a home energy assessment. Or have you?

Maybe you want to see if you can save money on your electric bill, or maybe you just want to improve your carbon footprint. Regardless of the reason, you’re considering taking the step. Let’s talk about the number one short term and long term benefit of an energy assessment in your home.

In the Short Term

While some benefits don’t present themselves immediately, others you’re going to notice early on. But what is this main short term benefit?

Youre going to notice a lower energy bill.

Your home is now better equipped to make use of the heating and cooling systems, causing a potentially drastic change in your electricity bill. It could also be a source of savings in other ways, as getting an energy audit and renovating your home to meet the qualifications your advisor informs you of may qualify you for rebates and incentives depending on what you get done. Your energy advisor will be able to fill you in on all your options and point you in the right direction. Finally, and probably the most important thing is peace of mind. No more worrying about your home units working too hard, or racking up an expensive electricity bill just to heat your home.

In the Long Term

Now let’s talk long term. Not only will your energy assessment and consequent repairs improve insulation, heat and cooling leaks, and the overall health of your home, but since it will make the systems in your home work more efficiently, it will extend the lifespan of these systems dramatically. It can make your home’s systems last for years longer than they would if they weren’t running at peak performance, saving you money on possible repairs or replacement. And not having to replace these systems is truly a benefit all in itself.

Bonus Benefit

Who doesn’t love a bonus?

If and when you ever decide to put your home on the market, there’s another major benefit. With your home being in peak performance, if and when it comes time to sell your home, you’re going to have huge selling points which will help your home look a lot more attractive to potential buyers. Some of these include:

  • efficiently working systems
  • up to date repairs
  • overall carbon footprint much smaller than the average home
  • less electricity used aka lower bills!

With all these amazing features to mention about your home’s energy, you’ll be steps ahead of the other houses listed. Plus, by 2019 it will be the law that every home, new or resale, will have to have an energy rating before it can be sold, so you’ll be ahead of the game by doing it now. Especially since there are rebates in place. And the assessment is practically free! Your assessment costs will be rebated, and performing at least two eligible upgrades qualifies you for even more money! It’s win-win.

If you want to lower your energy bill, improve the lifespan of your home and its systems, and even make your home more marketable in the future, then an energy assessment is a smart decision for nearly anyone. There’s monetary benefits, home comfort benefits, and the biggest benefit, peace of mind across the board.

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