Contractor-Assisted Energy Saving Tips.
Sometimes it’s a good idea to call in a professional for assistance in identifying the areas that can help you save energy. And remember, when you install high-efficiency equipment in your home, you may be eligible for an incentive. You’ll find more information about energy efficiency incentives here.
In the fall and winter:
- Schedule an annual maintenance check on your furnace with a qualified heating dealer.
- Have programmable thermostats installed to adjust temperature settings up to several times per day according to a preset schedule.
To prevent heat loss:
- Have drafty doors and windows replaced. This will not only reduce energy consumption for years to come, but will increase the value and beauty of your home.
- Call an insulation contractor to determine the insulation levels in your walls, ceiling or attic. Insulation is designed to resist heat flow both into and out of your home.
- Seal air ducts to prevent heat loss. A qualified contractor will inspect your system, perform pressurization tests and complete any repairs necessary.
- Make sure your fireplace is properly vented. If you do not have a proper amount of outside air for combustion, your fireplace will draw heated air from inside your house.
When it comes to equipment, remember to:
- Replace older furnaces and water heaters with energy-efficient models. Avista Utilities has energy-efficiency equipment incentives available for those who qualify.
- Consider getting rid of your 10-year-old refrigerator or freezer in favor of an energy-efficient model of the same size. The new unit can cost you considerably less to operate than the old.
- Have your contractor install energy-efficient windows. Compared to uncoated, single-pane windows, double-pane windows with low-e coating can reduce your heating bills substantially in cold climates.
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