Before you embark on major renovations or upgrades, consider getting a professional home energy audit. It can reveal hidden or unknown sources of energy inefficiency and help you identify areas where you can get the most bang for your home-improvement buck and so you can prioritize accordingly. Your utility company may be able to provide local leads for professional home energy auditors, along with information about special rebates, tax credits, or other incentives that may be available for energy-efficient upgrades.
When it comes to giving your furnace (the biggest energy hog in your home) a checkup, it’s worth hiring an HVAC professional. Even if you’re not ready to replace your heating system, a pro can help ensure it’s running as efficiently as possible.