The Good Kind of Audit

Colder weather typically results in higher energy bills and, with winter in full swing, we’d like to remind you about a co-op service that can help you boost efficiency and save money.

As your trusted energy partner, we believe savings and efficiency are within reach for everyone, and we want to help you get there. That’s why Butler Rural Electric Cooperative offers home energy audits.

An energy audit provides a holistic view of your home’s efficiency. Understanding how your home uses energy can help determine the best ways to adjust energy consumption, improve problem areas, and ultimately keep more money in your wallet. An energy audit can also identify potential safety issues surrounding electrical wiring and HVAC systems, making your home safer. You could say this is a good kind of audit.

So how does it work? First, request the energy audit by completing the form on our website at > Electric Service > Home Services > Energy Audits or call us at 513-867-4400. The audit is conducted at your home by our trained, professional employees.

What to expect during the audit

The audit comprises three parts: evaluation, energy testing, and recommendations. First, our employees conduct a walk-through of your home, examining energy use and identifying problem areas. We will look at specific elements of your home affecting energy use, such as doors, windows, and insulation levels. We will also examine major appliances, including your heating and cooling system, and conduct a room-by-room assessment. During the assessment, the employees will ask questions about your energy use habits and review past energy bills.

In the testing phase, we will evaluate the seal of your home by conducting a blower door test to identify the source of any air leaks or drafts. The employees will also conduct thermal imaging of the home to detect heat loss that is invisible to the naked eye. Thermal imaging can reveal inadequate insulation levels, HVAC airflow, radiant heat malfunction, and additional key factors.

The power to save is in your hands

Finally, we will provide you with a detailed evaluation. This is a written report that provides cost-effective ways to improve the comfort and efficiency of your home, noted current and potential health and safety concerns and how they may be affected by proposed changes, recommendations regarding energy consumption, and steps you can take to improve efficiency and save money.

One of the greatest values of an energy audit is helping you understand how you use electricity and, more importantly, identifying ways to use it more efficiently. Additionally, making improvements and upgrades based on the evaluation can increase your property value — all the more reason to schedule an audit for your home.

Energy audits are $150. This cost is applied to the following month’s electric bill.

Energy audits are just one of the many perks of your co-op membership, so we hope you’ll take advantage of this valuable service. If you’re looking for more ways to save, check out our additional efficiency offerings such as geothermal, heat pump, and smart thermostat rebates. These programs and services are designed with Butler Rural Electric Cooperative members in mind, putting the power to save in your hands