by Harvey Bond
Heating accounts for the biggest chunk of a typical utility bill.
Once you assign priorities to your energy needs, you can form a whole house efficiency plan.
Your plan will provide you with a strategy for making smart purchases and home improvements that maximize energy efficiency and save the most money.
Another option is to get the advice of a professional. Many utilities conduct energy audits for free or for a small charge.
For a fee, a professional contractor will analyze how well your home’s energy systems work together and compare the analysis to your utility bills.
He or she will use a variety of equipment such as blower doors, infrared cameras, and surface thermometers to find leaks and drafts.
After gathering information about your home, the contractor or auditor will give you a list of recommendations for cost effective energy improvements and enhanced comfort and safety.
A good contractor will also calculate the return on your investment in high efficiency
equipment compared with standard equipment.
Tips for Finding a Contractor
• Ask neighbors and friends for recommendations
• Look in the Yellow Pages
• Focus on local companies
• Look for licensed, insured contractors
• Get three bids with details in writing
• Ask about previous experience
• Check references
• Check with the Better Business Bureau
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