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Are You a DIY-er? Consider an Energy Assessment


Do you take a DIY (do it yourself) approach to improving your home?


Well even if you have the know-how and are pretty handy around the house, you still may want to have an energy assessment done by a BPI-certified professional.


As we note on our Air Sealing improvement page, it may be relatively easy to recognize an under-the-door draft, but there might be some more trouble spots that are a bit harder to detect on your own. “Energy audits take all the guess work out of it,” says Mark Cannella in “Home Energy Audits:  Worth the Cost?”, a 2012 article published by Fox Business. Cannella is the founder of energy audit company Pro Energy. He continues to say that a lot of his customers have spent a lot of money doing DIY energy efficiency projects that don’t actually end up fixing the root cause of the problem.


Infrared scanning is used in an home energy assessment to detect air leaks and thermal defects.

Infrared scanning is used in an home energy assessment to detect air leaks and thermal defects.


Some home performance improvements are easy enough to do yourself, especially if you have construction skills or experience, but experienced, BPI-certified energy analysts – like those at 401(e) – utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to pinpoint the source of energy efficiency issues and identify appropriate, long-term fixes. The last thing you want is to have spent valuable time and money on improvements just to find out they didn’t address the problem or worse….cause additional problems.


For information on energy assessments and how they work, please check out 401(e)’s Home Energy Assessment page.


If you decide to have an energy assessment done, you can still choose to take on the recommended home improvement measures yourself. At least this way, though, you will know that you are tackling the right project. This can save you significant time and money.