Find the latest episode of "This Is Uncomfortable" here. Listen
Easy Sustainability Answers

How can I figure out where my home is using energy? How can I do my own energy audit?

Adriene Hill Jul 30, 2010

Easy Answer: We’ve made a Do-It-Yourself Energy Audit guide for you (with help from the Department of Energy and Consumer Reports).

A home energy audit is the first step in figuring out how you can reduce your energy bills and your energy consumption. Sure, it sounds a little intimidating, but we promise it’ll be more fun then the sort of audits we usually talk about around here. Plus, it could save you some money.

We’ve divided our DIY audit into bite-sized tasks:

DIY Energy Audit: Air Leaks

DIY Energy Audit: Insulation

DIY Energy Audit: Heating and Cooling

DIY Energy Audit: Appliances

DIY Energy Audit: Lighting

We’ve also got a handy tool to help you calculate how much money you might save by making energy upgrades.

And we have info on what a pro can do (that falls outside most of our DIY capabilities).

If you have other tips, ideas, and guides–please share!

Marketplace is on a mission.

We believe Main Street matters as much as Wall Street, economic news is made relevant and real through human stories, and a touch of humor helps enliven topics you might typically find…well, dull.

Through the signature style that only Marketplace can deliver, we’re on a mission to raise the economic intelligence of the country—but we don’t do it alone. We count on listeners and readers like you to keep this public service free and accessible to all. Will you become a partner in our mission today?

Your donation is critical to the future of public service journalism. Support our work today – for as little as $5 – and help us keep making people smarter.