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Date [eg 14 July 2006]
HOME ENERGY AUDIT CHECKLIST - RESIDENT VERSION
Resident Name:
Address:
Phone:
Email:
HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS
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heat thermostats set at 68 - 72 degrees?
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circulate air flow?
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Is your ceiling fan(s) adjusted for the
season?
Is there a draft in the room?
Do you adjust your thermostat in
evenings/mornings?
Do you adjust your thermostat when
taking long trips?
Is the exterior of HVAC clean; no debris
blocking air flow?
Are front/back/garage doors &/or windows
left open while A/C or heater are working?
Are vents in low traffic areas partially/fully
closed to help push air to high traffic
areas?
Are the air outlets/inlets free of
obstructions?
Are windows open during spring/fall rather
than using heating/cooling system?
During heating season, are blinds/curtains
open in day and closed at night?
During cooling season, are curtains
closed in day and open at night?
Do you have heat producing
electronics/appliances located near
thermostat(s)?
Are air filters replaced monthly?
Comments
Each degree of heating or cooling can cost an additional four to five
percent in energy costs.
Not all homes come with ceiling fan, if resident chooses to purchase
and install ceiling fans, alterations request must be approved by the
housing office. *Some homes do not allow or have the capability for
fan installation.
Counter clockwise in cooling season to cool home, clockwise in
heating season to force warm air from ceiling.
Contact the Maintenance Dept. and submit a work order request
indicating the location of the draft.
If resident is out recommend adjusting 5-10 degrees.
Heating not lower than 50 degrees due to pipes possibly freezing,
cooling no higher than 85 degrees.
Do not attempt to clean, contact the Maintenance Dept. but please
make sure all areas are free of personal belongs.
Recommend home is closed up when either appliance is active.
Example - If your family rarely uses the dining room area, it may be
a good idea to close or partially close the vent which will in turn push
the air flow into other parts of the home.
Example - Please make sure no furniture is obstructing the vent.
In historic homes, at least one window per room should be
operational. Contact the Maintenance Dept. & submit a work order
request.
Allowing sunlight in during the day helps with heating and closing
them at night blocks cold air.
Preventing sunlight in during the day helps with cooling and opening
them at night allows cooler air.
Don't place lamps or TV sets near your thermostat. The thermostat
senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air
conditioner to run longer than necessary.
Filters are available at the Maintenance Dept. or your local
Community Office. You can also call in a work order should you not
be able to access the closet to change the filter.
Suggestions
 To select ideal temperature, increase/decrease thermostat by two degrees every day until perfect temperature.
 When entertaining larger groups, adjust thermostat three to five degrees lower; the more people there are, the
warmer the room(s) will be.
 When adjusting the thermostat, remember that the house will not warm up or cool down any faster if you crank up
the thermostat past the desired temperature.
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ELECTRONICS
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   Are electronics Energy Star rated?
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Is the printer always off unless printing?
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Any outlets not working?
Is the garage opener functioning?
Is the fitness equipment unplugged when
not in use?
Do you have a fish tank?
Do you use power tools?
Are electronics shut down or disconnected
when not in use?
Are TV(s) LCD or plasma?
Are surge protector power strip(s) used for
entertainment center equipment?
Do you use rechargeable batteries in
cordless phones & remotes?
Are chargers for rechargeable batteries,
phones, laptops, MP3 players, iPads,
unplugged when not in use?
Is the monitor on computers set to turn off
after not being used for 15 minutes?
Is the computer hard drive set to power
down mode after 1 hour of not being
used?
Comments
To find out more information on Energy Star ratings, go to
www.energystar.gov
It is recommended that all equipment is turned off when not in use
as energy will continue to be supplied.
Plasma TVs use twice as much energy as LCD TVs.
Use a surge protector due to lightning strikes and electrical
companies power surges
Studies have shown that using rechargeable batteries for products
like cordless phones and PDAs is more cost effective than
throwaway batteries.
Ten percent of the average US household electric is caused by
unused electronics that are plugged into the wall.
Set your monitor to go to “sleep”. This can reduce energy usage.
Also, do not use screensavers! They don’t save energy, they use it.
Enable the "sleep mode" feature on your computer, allowing it to use
less power during periods of inactivity. In Windows, the power
management settings are found on your control panel. Mac users,
look for energy saving settings under system preferences in the
apple menu.
Save energy and space with a multi-function device that combines
several capabilities-such as print, fax, copy, and scan. Enable power
management features for additional savings. Turn off machines
when not in use.
If issues, contact the Maintenance Dept.
If issues, contact the Maintenance Dept.
Unplug equipment that drains energy even when not in use
The smaller the fish tank, the less energy is used
Unplug cordless tools that you don’t use that often. Although they
may be turned off, the “standby” energy used is equal to that of a 75
watt light bulb running continuously
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APPLIANCES
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Item Description
Is the refrigerator set to 35-40 degrees
and the freezer set to 0-5 degrees?
Is the refrigerator/freezer defrosted
regularly?
Is the refrigerator/freezer full?
Do the refrigerator/freezer door(s) seal
completely?
Is there a refrigerator/freezer in the
garage?
Are the refrigerator/freezer coils/grills
clean?
Are hot foods cooled prior to putting into
refrigerator?
Is the refrigerator door kept open by family
members deciding what to eat?
Is food defrosted by putting in refrigerator
overnight before use?
Are liquids covered and food wrapped
when stored in refrigerator/freezer?
Is the garbage disposal working properly?
Is the dishwasher working properly?
Is the dishwasher full before using?
Do you air dry dishes or use no-heat air
dry setting on dishwasher?
 Do you scrape off large food particles in
trash?
 Is the washer/dryer Energy Star rated?
   Is the washer/dryer full before using?
   Do you wash clothes in cold water (unless
Comments
Check the temperature settings on the refrigerator. Too low a setting
uses extra energy.
Less than 1/4 inch of ice is a good guideline
Avoid overcrowding, reduces airflow.
To test use a $1 bill, if easy to pull out, contact the Maintenance
Dept.
A refrigerator or freezer in an unheated garage will use more
electricity in the summer.
If appliance owned by resident, use a soft brush.
The cooling-off period should not hurt the taste of the food and will
reduce the load on the refrigerator.
Avoid opening the doors often by planning ahead, and do not let the
refrigerator door stand open.
Reduce cooking time by defrosting frozen foods in the refrigerator
before cooking
Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work
harder.
If issues, contact the Maintenance Dept.
If issues, contact the Maintenance Dept.
Using the dishwasher when it is partially full uses the same amount
of energy as a full dishwasher.
Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
This will allow your dishwasher to avoid pre-rinse.
To find out more information on Energy Star ratings, go to
www.energystar.gov
If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water level
setting. Half loads use almost as much energy as a full load.
There are new cold water laundry detergents to use.
oily stains)?
   Do you follow the detergent instructions?
   Do you run the washer empty on wash
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cycle w/ 6-7 ounces of white vinegar every
couple of months?
 Do you use high spin speed on washer?
 Do you use air dry clothes on racks ?
   Do you dry towels and heavy cottons in
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separate load(s) from lighter weight
clothes?
 Is the lint filter for dryer cleaned after
every use?
 Do the clothes dry in one cycle?
   Do you remove clothes immediately from
dryer to avoid ironing?
   Do you turn off the iron just before
Using more can cause more energy use due to extra rinses.
Removes hard water & lime scale which reduce efficiency
Extract more water & reduce drying time.
Air-drying is recommended by clothing manufacturers for some
fabrics
Lighter weight clothes take less time to dry than heavier items
This helps improve air circulation.
If it takes more than one cycle to dry clothes, there may be a
blockage in the vent to the exterior of the home. However, prior to
contacting the Maintenance Dept., please make sure your dryer
hose does not have a blockage.
Avoid over-drying. This not only represents a waste of energy but
harms fabrics as well.
Residual heat can be used for the remaining clothes
finishing?
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LIGHTING
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If applicable to fixture, are you using the
most energy efficient lighting options (CFL
bulbs/LED Bulbs)?
Are you using the correct watt size of light
bulbs?
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Do you turn off the lights upon leaving the
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Are there areas that have excessive or
unneeded lighting?
Are you making effective use of available
lighting, such as natural sunlight?
Are the bathroom vanity light fixtures,
every other bulb unscrewed slightly?
If applicable to fixture, are you using the
most energy efficient lighting options (CFL
bulbs)?
Are the lamps/fixtures clean & free of
dust?
Are timers used when no one is home,
instead of leaving light on?
Are lamps located in corners of rooms?
Holiday decorating - Do you use LED
lights?
WATER
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Are there any leaky faucets or toilets, or
do toilets constantly run?
Are the drains & stopper/drain plug(s)
working properly?
Do you take showers rather than baths?
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Do you wash dishes by hand?
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Do you run water to thaw frozen food?
Do you water plants with cooking water or
fish tank water?
Do you flush items unnecessarily; such as
tissues, insects?
Are showers less than 10 minutes?
Do you close the drain prior to turning
faucet on for bath?
Do you turn the water off while brushing
teeth, shaving, washing face, etc.?
Do you use cold water when using small
amounts of water?
Comments
Reduces electrical use.
When purchasing light bulbs, the wattage ratings tell you only the
amount of power it takes to make a bulb work. Larger wattage bulbs
are usually more efficient, whether incandescent or compact
fluorescent.
Remember to always turn off the lights when leaving a room.
Turning off just one 60-watt incandescent bulb that would otherwise
be on for eight hours a day can save about $15 per year
Put lamps in corners of rooms where they can reflect light from two
wall surfaces instead of one.
Keeping our houses flushed with unnatural light consumes energy.
This will save energy and not heat the bathroom so much.
Tip: To make sure that outdoor lighting is turned off during the
daytime, use timers.
A heavy coat of dust on a light bulb can block up to half of the light.
Don’t like coming home to a dark house? Instead of leaving lights
on, put timers on a few of the lights in your home.
Light can reflect off more wall surfaces area.
Reduces electrical use by 90% & last longer
Comments
If issues, contact the Maintenance Dept.
If issues, contact the Maintenance Dept.
A full bath tub requires about 70 gallons of water, while taking a fiveminute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons.
Recommend roughly seven to eight minutes
For baths, close the drain before turning the faucet. To balance the
initial burst of cold water, add only hot water later.
Letting the water run while shaving or when washing dishes by hand
is needless waste. Avoid this by using sink stoppers and dishpans.
Place the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position when
using small amounts of water; placing the lever in the hot position
uses energy to heat the water even though it may never reach the
faucet.
Fill the sink with warm water, clean the 'cleaner' items first, then
rinse in cold water.
Try using the refrigerator or microwave instead.
Reuse fish tank water on your household plants—it makes nice
fertilizer, too.
Dispose of tissues, insects and other waste in the trash.
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Comments
Is the stove/oven working properly?
Is the microwave (if applicable) working
properly?
Is the range hood working properly?
Do you use the correct size pots & pans
per heating element/flame?
Are the burners cleaned often to reflect
heat better?
Do you use lids on pots/pans?
Do you use convection/toaster oven for
small items?
Do you use the microwave as much as
possible for cooking?
Do you begin cooking on highest heat
until liquid boils, then lower the heat?
Do you use the toaster rather than boiler?
If issues, contact the Maintenance Dept.
If issues (and the appliance is provided by housing) please contact
the Maintenance Dept.
If issues, contact the Maintenance Dept.
A six-inch pot on an eight-inch burner wastes more than 40 percent
of the burner's heat.
They will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy.
When in a hurry, do you heat up or defrost
ready-made meals in the microwave
instead of oven?
 Do you use pressure/slow cooker or crock
pots when possible?
 Do you open the oven door often while
baking?
 Do you cook food in the oven on the top
rack?
 Do you rearrange the oven racks prior to
turning on oven?
 Do you preheat oven?
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heat 5 minutes before end of cooking?
 Do you unplug all small appliances when
not in use (blenders, mixers, etc.)?
It’s faster and it uses less energy.
Cooks quicker, distributes heat evenly, less energy used.
Uses less energy than oven/stove.
Allows food to simmer until fully cooked.
A toaster oven uses a third to half as much energy as a full-sized
oven.
Microwave ovens draw less than half the power of their conventional
counterparts and cook for a much shorter period of time.
They will save energy by significantly reducing cooking time
Each time the door is opened, a significant amount of heat escapes.
It is much hotter than bottom rack.
To do this after the oven has preheated not only allows wasteful
escape of heat but poses a burn hazard as well.
Should take only 5-8 minutes, no preheat needed for broiling or
roasting
By keeping the lid on, steam will finish cooking rice.
Unplug equipment that drains energy even when not in use.
Do you have any concerns with your home we should be aware of?
Do you have any maintenance concerns or issues that would cause your home to consume more energy than
other like-type homes?
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