Keeping utility bills low with an energy audit


DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — Whether you’re worried about winter heating or summer cooling, a home energy audit can help you find ways to save on your utility bills.

Jennifer Parsons of Derby knows what it’s like to be a homeowner. “Energy costs and other costs associated with owning a home can be really expensive,” she said.

To make sure she’s not paying more than she needs to Jennifer decided to have a home energy assessment.

“It really wasn’t on the forefront of my mind until I bought a house and started having to pay my own bills for the first time,” she said.

The assessments are simple, but often pinpoint problem areas that aren’t always visible.

“They focus primarily on air leaks, where you’re losing your hot air in the winter and your cool air in the summer, money that you’ve paid out your window,” said Jane Lano of United Illuminating, “so they focus on the air leaks and try to seal those up.

Crews will also check duct work and turn your lights over to energy efficient bulbs. Lano says there are a few signs your home may have an issue.

“Wherever there are air leaks you’ll see spider webs. So if you see webs in your windows and areas like that your home is definitely leaking air and you need an assessment.”

You’ll also notice warm and cool spots in different rooms. And of course, a higher than normal energy bill.

The energy assessment takes between two and four hours. And the price may be cheaper than you think.

“It costs about $99 right now through Energize Connecticut. You save about $200 after the assessment so it pays for itself that first year.”

Below is a clip from Good Morning Connecticut, where News 8’s Brian Spyros got more information about the audit.

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