With energy costs continuously rising, many Illinois
residents are turning to energy efficient household
renovations in an attempt to lower their monthly bills.
However, before homeowners begin any household project they
should first consider a home energy audit. These audits
allow a certified rater to pinpoint where the greatest
energy loss in a given household may be, and the homeowner
to maximize their own savings. These raters ensure that
renovations focus on the areas of greatest energy loss,
thereby saving homeowners both time and money.
State Senator from the 7th District Heather Steans recently
discovered how useful a home energy audit can be thanks to
Corbett Lunsford, Executive Director of Illinois
Association of Energy Raters. Lunsford recently dropped by
the Senator's home to perform a home energy audit and
identify areas where the home was losing energy. For
Senator Steans a majority of her heat loss was through her
attic, a very common problem among homeowners. "The attic
is not the best place to store things," says Lunsford "the
main ingredient in insulation is air, not fiberglass, so
when you set something on top of the insulation it pushes
the air out and it doesn't work anymore."
Steans and Lunsford worked together to find a plan that
would best work for her household. A few simple changes
around the house could reduce the energy bill by as much as
50% and take around a week to complete. "In terms of
investment, you get a much bigger bang for your buck,"
Steans said. Energy efficient changes such as these can be
monitored in her monthly bill statements to see just how
much you are saving over time. Besides seeing an immediate
drop in monthly energy costs, these renovations will also
raise your home's value.