As environmentalist Paul Hawken notes, “The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them.” In a modern context, considering environmental needs is pivotal for continual sustainability. We must strive to meet our current needs without compromising on the ability of future generations to meet their own. From an energy perspective, non-renewable natural resources are one such thing to conserve to reduce greenhouse emissions. Focusing on energy efficiency is key to living in a cost-effective and eco-friendly home.

But, you might wonder, how do I know if my home is energy efficient? Never fear—we’ve compiled a general guide to identify the performance of your humble abode. Here’s what you need to know to better align with energy conservation.

Current Costs: Consider Your Energy Bills

Out of the numerous factors to consider, your utility bills are the first thing to focus on. Take a closer look at the current prices you pay to keep your home comfortable and functional. Do they seem high in general comparison? Each individual or family’s electricity, heating, and cooling needs differ. Can you tell where your greatest energy losses are in your square footage? Are they in lighting, heating, cooling, something else?

A fully energy-efficient home is meant to save homeowners money regardless of their own energy weaknesses. If you’re paying too much to ensure peak performance throughout the seasons, then more efficient investments are likely necessary to reduce your comprehensive energy use.

DIY Assessment: Generally Appraise It

How do I know if my home is energy efficient? The ultimate answer lies in your home’s unique design—and the measures you take to certify it performs as designed. You shouldn’t have to live with discomfort day in and day out. If you have certain rooms in your home that are typically hotter or cooler than others, then you’re probably facing an energy performance problem.

Walk through your home and appraise the interior spaces for comfort issues, moisture problems, air leaks, or temperature differentials. These key indicators are a sign to take better control of performance and seek out improvement solutions in the energy efficiency department.

Tested Solutions: Get a Professional Evaluation

Have you considered a consultation? A full top-to-bottom evaluation is a proven inspection method to locate inefficiencies in a home’s energy usage. Professional and knowledgeable auditors can perform standard tests and analyses to reveal exact problems and improvement areas. After identifying wasteful dilemmas, they can provide sound recommendations and uncover opportunities for peak performance.

Greenlink Energy provides a 360 degree home energy assessment as a solution for homeowners.We’re a family-owned company that’s here to help our Northern Illinois neighbors solve their energy issues. Greenlink’s comprehensive building science approach is a powerful tool to ensure effective results. Complete our online contact form to get started with our services today.