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Field Guide to Energy Audits

(Updated July 2012)

Energy audits are a great way to save money, save energy and save the planet. Find out the basics of conducting your own energy audit and how to hire a professional in this field guide.

Video: Do an Energy Audit

Source: Video: Do an energy audit, (bankrate.com, Oct. 1, 2008). 

Benefits of an Energy Audit

Can you retrofit older homes to increase resale value?, (Styled Staged & Sold, Nov. 13, 2011).

Energy Audits: What Homeowners Need to Know, (Mother Earth News, May 27, 2009).

Conducting Your Own Energy Audit

Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Assessments, (U.S. Department of Energy, Apr. 5, 2010).

Conduct Your Own Energy Audit, (HouseLogic.com, Aug. 28, 2009).

DIY Home Energy Audit, (The Daily Green, n.d.).

Home Energy Saver, (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, n.d.).

Professional Home Energy Audits

Professional Home Energy Assessments, (U.S. Department of Energy, Apr. 5, 2010).

Where to Find a Qualified Home Energy Auditor, (Energy Circle, Oct. 29, 2009).

Professional Energy Audits: The Cost and Benefits, (HouseLogic.com, Aug. 28, 2009).

Professional Home Energy Audits, (TLC Home, n.d.).

After an Energy Audit

Results of My Energy Audit: Before and After Pictures, (Five Percent, Jan. 22, 2010).

How to Save Money with Energy-Efficiency Home Upgrades, (U.S. News & World Report, Apr. 21, 2010).

Prioritize Tasks After an Energy Audit, (HouseLogic.com, Aug. 28, 2009).

eBooks & Other Resources


The following ebooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings (Adobe eReader) 

The Home Energy Diet (Adobe eReader)

The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy (Adobe eReader)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Central.  Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10.  Call Information Central at 800.874.6500 for assistance.

The Homeowner's Handbook to Energy Efficiency: A Guide to Big and Small Improvements, (Helena, MT: Saturn Resource Management, 2008).  TJ 163.5 K89

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