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Ways to Save Energy

Some of the ways you can save energy in your home are listed below:

bullet Properly sized and installed HVAC system - Before you replace your heating and cooling system with a new one, make sure that a Manual J load calculation has been performed to find the proper size system. Too often, HVAC equipment is oversized which costs you more money and reduces comfort.
bullet Ductwork - The average duct system leaks 20-30% of the air that flows through it. Make sure your duct system is properly sealed to avoid energy loss.
bullet Air Leakage and Ventilation - How is your home ventilated? Most homes bring air in through the cracks, gaps, and holes in the exterior floors, walls, and ceilings. Reducing air leakage is often the most cost effective improvement you can make. An old saying that Energy Auditors have is "build it tight and ventilate it right". Doing so will reduce energy usage and provide better indoor air quality.
bullet Proper Insulation - Most older homes have insufficient levels if insulation in their homes. Don't be fooled though insulation alone will not take care of all problems. It must be done after proper air sealing of the attic. Once insulation is installed it's much more difficult to correct air leakage.
bullet Water Conservation - If we assume that half of all water usage is hot water you can see that the water bill isn't just the cost of the water. It's also the cost to heat the water. Reduce the amount of hot water you use and save money on your energy bill!
bullet Efficient Lighting - Take a look at your lights and count the number of bulbs that aren't compact fluorescent bulbs. Now, if you replaced the 5 most frequently used incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, you would save around $65 per year.
Ways To Save Energy

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 Reidsville, NC
quote My September gas bill was $35!  That's a base line reduction of about $50/ month.  As the only gas use is for water heating, I attribute the reduction to the work you performed.  quote
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 Winston-Salem, NC
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