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Photo courtesy HVAC Inc. of Bristol A worker with HVAC Inc. of Bristol, Tenn. sprays in a layer of AirTight spray foam insulation during a recent work detail. Project engineer Joe Leonard and the U.S. Department of Energy says insulating crawlspaces, attics, under sinks and other open air areas can help reduce an energy bill by 30 percent.
- Tips for lowering your heat bill
Schedule a home energy audit with your power provider.
Repair duct work with air leaks, which can improve a heat pump’s performance by 20 percent.
Consider spray-on insulation, which can stretch and expand into some places that regular insulation can’t reach. Proper insulation can cut a power bill by 30 percent.
Purchase a digital programmable thermostat that can lower temperatures during bedtime hours and when the house is empty.
Caulk around or place sturdy weatherproof plastic over drafty windows.
Replace your clothes dryer exhaust outlet with a flap that closes after use.
Lower the temperature on your water heater by 5 or 10 degrees.
Pull back drapes on southern windows on sunny days and close them in the evening.
Have your heat pump inspected before the winter months.
Have heating coils cleaned once a year and change filters every three months.
Sources: HVAC, Appalachian Power and the U.S. Department of Energy
Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013 10:23 pm
Updated: 5:51 pm, Sun Nov 17, 2013.
Saturday, November 16, 2013 10:23 pm.
Updated: 5:51 pm.