On March 28th, Paul Tschida of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) performed an energy audit on AERO member Lynda Saul’s home. The audit was completed to show Lynda the best tactics for making her home more energy efficient in an upcoming remodel, as well as to educate the public on energy audits. An energy audit determines the efficiency of a home’s heating and cooling system, in addition to pinpointing air leaks. The audit of Lynda’s home consisted of a blower door test, which measures the extent of air leaks in the building envelope and the use of an infrared camera, which reveals hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.
Helena area contractors specializing in weatherization were on hand to answer questions and make recommendations for Lynda’s upcoming renovation. A duplicate test will be completed in the fall to see how the home performs after renovation.
To learn more about energy audits visit the DEQ’s website here.
To get an energy audit on your home contact your utility company to inquire about audit programs.
Click here for information on tax incentives for energy conservation projects.