An 'energy audit' is defined as:
An evaluation of energy consumption, as in a home or business, to determine ways in which energy can be conserved.
An energy audit is the first step to assess how much energy your home/business consumes and evaluates what measures you can take to make your surroundings more energy efficient. An audit can reveal problems that once corrected can yield long-term financial savings. Audits can also determine the efficiency of your home/business heating and cooling systems and show you ways to conserve hot water and electricity.
By using a few inexpensive energy-efficient measures, a homeowner/business owner can reduce their energy costs by 10% up to 50 % while helping to reduce air pollution.
Current and Past Energy Saving Programs
- BGE EnergyWise Program
- BGE Chip Program
- SMECO Powerwise Program
APC uses special diagnostic tools to help pinpoint the source of problems in homes. Some of these tools include:
A blower door is a variable speed fan, mounted in a doorframe, used to pressurize and depressurize a house to measure air leakage.
A duct blower is a variable speed fan that is attached to a duct system to measure duct air leakage.
An instrument that measures the pressure differences between two locations.
A Flow Hood is a device used to measure the amount of air flowing through a register.
An infrared camera (video or still) makes an image that shows surface heat variations that can be used to help detect heat losses and air leakage in buildings.
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