Free Home Energy Audits for Qualified Homeowners

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

Home Energy Audits are available for Burke County residents through N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Energy Conservation Program.  Energy audits evaluate a home’s air leaks, insulation, and the heating/air conditioning system.  A professional building science specialist will conduct a 2 to 4 hour inspection of your home including a blower door test to check for house holes and energy leaks.  At the conclusion of the home assessment, you will receive a written evaluation and recommendations on ways to improve the home’s energy efficiency.

To qualify for a free home energy audit, you must attend the free energy conservation workshop on Friday, February 19th from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Burke Agricultural Building.  You will learn how to save energy in your home with low cost or no cost tools and quick do-it-yourself retrofit ideas.  A certified energy rater will be available to answer questions at the end of the workshop, and you may choose to schedule an energy audit for your home.

Free audits are available for homes 2,000 square feet or less, at least 5 years old and with one heating/air conditioning system.  Workshop participants with homes exceeding 2,000 square feet may receive an audit at a reduced rate of $100.

Call Burke County Cooperative Extension at 439-4460 by February 16th to pre-register for the February 19th workshop. Take home publications and refreshments will be available.

The E-Conservation Program is an ongoing collaborative project between N.C. Cooperative Extension, NC State University, and the State Energy Office.

Eleanor Summers
Extension Agent
Family and Consumer Sciences