How to Save on Energy Bills: Get an Audit

Want to save on energy bills? With rising energy prices and inflation, now's a great time to check the efficiency of your home.

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With extremes of weather and inflation hitting your budget — not least the rapidly rising energy costs — you may want to reduce your utility bills. To maximize savings and increase your comfort, an energy audit — a.k.a., a whole-house assessment —and home retrofit may be in order. 

Think of an energy audit as a physical for your home. Are you suffering any of these common symptoms?

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Patricia Mertz Esswein
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Esswein joined Kiplinger in May 1984 as director of special publications and managing editor of Kiplinger Books. In 2004, she began covering real estate for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, writing about the housing market, buying and selling a home, getting a mortgage, and home improvement. Prior to joining Kiplinger, Esswein wrote and edited for Empire Sports, a monthly magazine covering sports and recreation in upstate New York. She holds a BA degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minn., and an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University.