The Hidden Costs of Home Ownership (Part 1): Air Leaks and Drafts
Buying a home can be an exciting time. It can also be nerve-wracking and extremely time consuming: you have to find a home within your budget that’s the right size and layout, with curb appeal to boot.
Something you might overlook, however, is the home’s energy consumption — a source of hidden monthly costs that can add up to higher bills and less spending cash.
Performing an energy audit on a home is key to reducing your monthly costs and ensuring efficiency in all areas. It can help distinguish between user-based energy and energy wasted through leaks or outdated lighting and equipment. An energy audit can also significantly reduce your bills in the long run and help you save money, according to the budget experts at Money Crashers.