Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Have You Considered an Energy Audit?

Last Fall I called our utility company and scheduled an Energy Audit. This is a free service provided by our local utility company where an energy specialist comes to your home to show you ways to save money on your energy bills. The only requirements were that I was a current customer and my home was at least 10 years old.

The audit provided us with lots of valuable information. Our auditor informed us that if we added insulation to our attic and basement we would decrease our utility bill significantly. He actually calculated how much we needed and got us a name and contact person to do the work.
We got in contact with the insulation company he recommended and they did the work very quickly and professionally and we even qualified for a rebate and ended up getting over 1/2 of our money back!

Along with the help with the insulation, he also installed 2 new energy efficient light bulbs in our bathroom and gave us 4 extras. He put in a low flow shower head in our shower as well as low flow aerators on all of our sinks. We got all this for FREE!

I have also heard of utility company's providing water heater blankets, programmable thermostats (at a discounted price), and hot water pipe insulation foam.

If you haven't checked into it, I highly suggest you call your local utility company and see if they provide energy audits.

Here are a couple numbers to get started if you live around here.
Mid American Energy 1-800-545-0762
Alliant Energy 1-866-255-4268

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  1. What a great idea! I never would have thought of that.

  2. WOW, wish we could get something like that for free.

  3. I've seen ads from the utility company about this, but I've always been skeptical. Maybe it's worth a try!

  4. I never even knew you could do!


  5. I've seen our local utilities advertise this...maybe I should schedule one before winter!