FAQs: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find the answers to most frequently asked questions (FAQs).
How long does it take to conduct an energy audit?
A home audit will typically take from 4-6 hours, depending upon the size of your home.
How much will an audit cost?
It depends on the size of your home, and what you are trying to achieve. An energy audit from Energy Audits of Chicagoland can cost from $100 – $899, depending on the tests completed and the size of the home. If you choose to do a “complete audit,” the cost is $599 for up to 1,000 sf, and another $100 for every additional 1,000 sf. A free phone consultation will determine the exact cost of an audit for your home before any work is ever done.
How much money can an energy audit save on my energy bills?
The audit identifies ways to reduce your energy bills through flaws in the building and mechanical systems. An audit will provide you with an actionable list of actions you can take, along with the return on investment you should expect. It is up to you whether you do them all at once, or one at a time.
What can I do to prepare for the audit?
Before the energy auditor visits your house, make a list of any existing problems such as condensation and uncomfortable or drafty rooms. Have copies or a summary of the home’s yearly energy bills; your utility can get these for you. We will use this information to establish what to look for during the audit. We will first examine the outside of the home to determine the size of the house and its features (i.e., wall area, number and size of windows). We encourage you to walk through your home with the auditors as they work, and ask questions.
Do I need to be home during the audit?
Yes, the audit is an interactive process between the auditor and the building owner.