(WDEF) A home energy audit can give you piece of mind by proving recent home improvements weren't wasted.
Homeowner Steve Chase explained, "We didn't build the house, we bought the house existing and it had been five years old when we moved in and so I think the biggest surprise for us was just pleasantly we didn't have any big issues and many of the small issues we had, we were able to fix without much trouble."
Several products and appliances may qualify for a tax credit. But before you commit to any improvements, evaluate your home's needs with an energy audit.
Art Tompkins works as an Energy Auditor. He said, "I have my infrared camera here and what we do is we go through the house. We look at everything, floors, doors, windows, and ceilings - everything that we can think of and we are trying to find issues within the house."
An audit typically takes about three to four hours to complete and costs between $250 and $800.
Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "When hiring an energy auditor you want to make sure they are an independent third party. The auditor should come in and give you an assessment. They shouldn't be selling you the actual items."
And you should always be home at the time of the audit so you can walk through your house, room by room, with the auditor.
Tompkins added, "This is the skin of the blower door and I pre-assembled it. It goes right into the door like this."
For a list of products and appliances that may qualify, head to the Angie's List website. The total credit can't exceed $500 and it must be claimed on your 2013 federal income tax form.