Home Energy Audit

If you’ve noticed that your house is drafty, or if, like a neighbor of mine, you got a letter from PG&E that says your house uses the most energy on the block, you might want to check into getting a home energy audit. Fifty-six percent of energy produced in the US is wasted and many energy inefficiency issues can be fixed by the homeowner once diagnosed. There are several things you can do to make your house more efficient, saving you money and saving the planet energy.

Companies in the bay area offering home energy audits:

1. Solar City – based in San Mateo and serving several states across the US.

2. Planet Orange – based in San Jose and serving several counties in Northern California.

3. Sungevity – based in Oakland and serving dozens of cities in California.

There are several smaller things around the house we can do to make our daily lives more energy efficient: turn off out lights, change our bulbs to CFLs, unplug unused electronics, install a programmable thermostat, install a timer on our lawn sprinklers, take shorter showers and a hundred more things; but I also believe that larger steps like whole-house energy audits, solar and wind power and wide-range alternative energy use is essential for this country to move forward and prosper in the coming decades.

-Jocelyn Broyles


Duane B.
.6 years ago

In Ohio, some of the electric utilities are subsidizing the cost of home energy audits when the homeowner implements the corrections recommended by the audit.

Melinda K.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks, it would be interesting to get a home audit

Ann F.
Ann F6 years ago


James Hager
James Hager6 years ago

great read, thanks!

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Monica D.
Monica D6 years ago

Thank you for this article. Energy efficiency and conservation are important in homes - they are big energy users. Drafts are often easily stopped. It would be nice to see more homes with solar water heating too.

G A Rieck
G A R6 years ago

so what does solar panel pictures have to do with a drafty house???
only after we get over this "all or nothing" mindset about alternative energy will we get anywhere with it.

Nicole G.
Nicole Gorman6 years ago

Looking to buy a house in San Mateo so will definitely be contacting Solar City. Thanks!

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Rod S.
Rod Smitham6 years ago

Most people already do what you suggest - so the article was a waste of time

johan l.
paul l6 years ago

You can feel lucky that you do not live in South Africa!
We have lived with ever increasing energy prices to the tune of over 35% per annum for the last two years with another lot coming next year and the year after!
All well over 30%.
My one son-in-law had to pay R7200 (over 1thou$) for a month.
It is true that because of the cold he had his underfloor heating on but this is still more than double what he paid the month before.
In a country where we have a neverending spiral of increased food, energy and transport prices, this is too much to bear for the poor and even the middle class is suffering!