CenterPoint EnergyResidential Account Services
Home Energy Audits
Save energy, cut costs
 How energy efficient is your home?

Our Home Energy Audits let you make the most of your energy dollar. It's a great way to save energy at home and help offset fluctuating energy prices. Our certified energy auditor will help you learn:
  • Techniques to lower your home’s energy use.
  • How much money you could save when you use less energy.
  • How energy efficiency can also improve your comfort year-round.

We offer two different types of audits – one covering the basics; the other a more in-depth energy analysis. Select the one that best meets your needs, based on the condition of your home and your energy concerns.

Walk-Through Audit, $25* 

A general overview and visual inspection of your home. A certified energy auditor will conduct a basic energy analysis of your home and leave you a complete report with all the details, including specific actions you can take to improve your home's energy efficiency.

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Heating and structural efficiency

  • Conduct efficiency and other checks of your space heating equipment.
  • Provide other simple energy-saving improvements to increase your heating efficiency, such as replacing furnace filters, etc.
  • Recommend ways to seal air leaks and generally tighten your home, including adding weatherstripping, upgrading insulation, replacing windows or doors, and much more.

Water heating and other efficiencies

  • Water heating. Review your hot water use and water heater temperature setting, and suggest ways to save energy.
  • Air conditioning. Suggest ways to improve the efficiency of your cooling system, including regular servicing and cleaning.
  • Laundry. Check water temperature settings, dryer use and other laundry practices for energy-saving measures.
  • Refrigerator/freezer. Show how regular cleaning and other simple changes can make a difference.
  • Lighting. Provide options and alternatives to save energy.
  • Natural gas consumption. Analyze the heat factor of your natural gas and review your consumption history.

Free weatherization materials
Your auditor may also provide you with up to $25 of basic weatherization materials at no additional charge to help you get started in making efficiency improvements. These might include weatherstripping for windows and doors, plastic sheeting kits for windows, door sweeps, spray cans of insulating foam or pipe insulation, depending on what the auditor determines your home will need.

Your energy audit will be conveniently billed on your CenterPoint Energy bill after it has taken place.

*For some income levels, there may be no fee for this Audit.

Standard Energy Audit, $100*  

A comprehensive in-depth technical analysis of your energy use. This process takes a more thorough look into your home's energy situation, providing detailed information for greater potential energy savings. It helps you uncover hidden problems and includes specific suggestions for improvements. You'll also get information about your equipment operating costs, detailed reports, fact sheets and a CD-Rom.

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This program provides you with all the services of our Walk-Through Audit, plus three valuable additions:

  1. A blower-door test that uses calibrated fans and pressure gauges to measure and track airflow and determine the general location of air leaks.
  2. An infrared inspection that uses an infrared camera to further pinpoint the location of air leaks and moisture problems. This scan will help you develop solutions to attic bypass air leaks, the elimination of ice dams and reduction of overall conditioned air loss and energy consumption.
  3. A combustion safety test and carbon monoxide (CO) check that measures draft pressure when all exhaust fans are on to determine if flue gasses might spill into the house under similar conditions. CO levels will also be measured, if present.**

Your energy audit will be conveniently billed on your CenterPoint Energy bill after it has taken place.

*For some income levels, there may be no fee for this Audit.
**Tests cannot be performed on all heating systems.

Which audit is right for you?

For some homes, our Walk-Through Audit is sufficient. For others, there can be significant benefit in having our Standard Energy Audit.

If you experience two or more of the following, our Standard Energy Audit may be for you.

  • Ice dams on the roof.
  • Moisture or frost in the attic.
  • Mold or moisture spots on interior walls.
  • Condensation on your windows.
  • Stains around ceiling exhaust fan(s).
  • Cold spots in areas of the house.
  • Inadequate or older insulation.

It's easy to request an audit

Call 888-240-4123 to set-up a convenient appointment.

*CenterPoint Energy’s Home Energy Audits are offered to our customers at a reduced price, which is less than half of the actual cost of the audit.

Making energy improvements

Our Home Energy Audits are meant only to show you how you can increase the efficiency and comfort of your home and potentially reduce your energy costs. You are under no obligation to make the suggested improvements, and you can trust our auditor to be objective.

Energy saving tip: Seal air leaks!
Every home is different, but a very leaky house can cost up to 40% more to heat or cool due to lost energy. More energy saving tips.