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The energy source (or sources) of a home is the power behind mechanical systems like the furnace, water heater, boiler and air conditioning systems. Common energy sources include natural gas, electricity, propane and fuel oil. Less common are solar-powered systems and water source heat pumps. A home may have more than one energy source.
Both identifying and inspecting the home's energy source is important. How the dwelling's mechanical systems are powered is an essential piece of information and useful to determining whether a particular house is right for you.
The home inspector will make sure that the connections leading to and from the energy source are sound and safe, that storage tanks and meters are in good shape, and that vents are functioning properly, where needed.