Now that the cold weather is here, you may be thinking about how to make your home more energy-efficient.
The experts at Angie's List say you might want to take action before the end of the year because you could be eligible for a federal tax credit.
Professionals will come and do an energy audit, often going through your home with an infrared camera to detect hotter and colder areas.
"I go through and I look at walls, doors, ceilings, floors, and I find things like insulation issues, air drafts, air leaks, and even moisture that can cause mold," said Art Tompkins, Energy Auditor. "What we do is we find these problems, we take pictures, both infrared and digital, and we put that all into a report with descriptions and suggestions on how to fix them."
Another way to improve your home's energy efficiency is by upgrading your appliances.
"But you need to make sure that your item is old enough that you are going to get a nice ROI on the investment," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "I replaced a furnace on a 20-year-old house not that long ago and we immediately saw savings in our heating and cooling bills. On top of that, the house was just more comfortable."
Angie's List also says if you hire an energy auditor, make sure he or she is an independent third party.
That person shouldn't be trying to sell you insulation or other energy-efficiency products.
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