Electricity Audit is a process of evaluating and monitoring the supply of electricity to different appliances.
high-level of electrical activity
This means that your home is not only subject to the local electricity supply, but also to the supply that comes from various electric suppliers. Therefore, your home is exposed to a high level of electrical activity and may be prone to several hazards that can result in a large amount of expenditure and a long period of service contract.
evaluate all options
The main objective of an electricity audit is to make savings on your monthly utility bills. As such, it is normally carried out as part of a routine maintenance program designed to improve the efficiency of your property. An audit can also be carried out if you feel that your electrical system is inefficient and there are a number of potential issues that could be costing you money. Before carrying out a full-scale audit, you should evaluate all the options open to you and the severity of any problems that you would like to have addressed.
‘wear and tear’ category
If the aim of your electricity audit is to find ways to reduce your monthly utility bills, then you will need to identify the causes of your expenses. Identifying and addressing the causes of your costs is easier said than done. Generally, most household utility costs consist of the cost of power consumed by your lights, computer and television sets, heaters, and air conditioning, water heater, gas heater, electricity for heating and cooling, etc. For most household utility bills, one of the biggest categories is the ‘wear and tear’ category, where all the electrical appliances that you use and which your family uses regularly have a high level of wear and tear. This wear and tear category include the more common items such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, clothes washer, dryer, and ceiling fans.
In order to know what areas are costing you the most, carry out an electricity audit of your rooms occupied by your family members. For example, if you have three bedrooms and two living rooms, look at your usage of each room. You should take note of any extra expenditure that you may have incurred for the rooms other than those that are frequently used. This will allow you to assess your costs more accurately and hence provide you with a more comprehensive view of your electrical usage. It may also allow you to reduce your consumption by adjusting or eliminating items that are not necessary for you.
identify energy-saving measures
As well identifying areas where you may be wasting electricity, an electricity audit can also provide you with the opportunity to improve the way you heat your apartment building. For example, insulation helps to keep the temperature warm in your apartment building. If insulation is not installed properly in your apartment building, the heat from your stove will escape through cracks in the walls, therefore keeping the warmth inside your house rather than inside your rooms. This means that you will need to increase the size of the windows that are available in each room in order to distribute the heat around your home effectively. Having an electricity audit will also help you identify energy-saving measures that you can implement in your home to reduce your electricity usage and help to protect the environment.