Hayward Homeowners: Perform Your Own Energy Audit Using This Yardstick

With energy bills often being higher than most Hayward and Bay Area homeowners are comfortable with, it’s important that you take control of the energy used in your home. Now, there is a Home Energy Yardstick that helps you measure your home’s energy usage! As a trusted Hayward HVAC company, we want to help you save money.

Here is all you need to get started on your own “energy audit”

  • Gather your utility bills for the past 12 months
  • Details of natural gas, fuel, propane, electricity or other sources used for energy
  • Number of people living in your home
  • Total square footage of all rooms in your home which are finished, including finished basements (do not include storage spaces or garage)
  • Your ZIP code

Not happy with the results of your energy audit? Here are a few changes you can make:

If your heating/cooling equipment is old, it may not be as efficient as it could be. Consider upgrading to a newer, high-efficiency HVAC system. Install ceiling fans if you do not have them, use them if you do.

Seal up your home to prevent loss of conditioned air. Caulk or use weather stripping around windows, doors or in other areas where outdoor air may be coming in, or conditioned air may be going out.

Consider additional insulation if you live in an older home that isn’t well insulated.

Consider a programmable thermostat. These thermostats allow you to be in control of the temperature inside your home even when you are away or sleeping at night.

Call your Hayward HVAC professionals

Your HVAC contractor can give you more ideas, or even schedule a professional evaluation to help determine what could be done to improve your home’s energy usage. At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help you pinpoint where your home may be losing energy. We’ve been helping Hayward and Bay Area homeowners with their heating and cooling needs for more than a dozen years!