Ask The Inspector: Energy Bills

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Bob McDonough is an Atlanta-based home inspector with National Property Inspections. He’s a fantastic inpector with an equally fantastic newsletter. Some energy saving tips from the good inspector:

Spend a little bit of money and save a lot on your energy bills. Here are some tips on cutting your energy costs year round.

A lit fireplace sucks furnace-heated air up the chimney, which is replaced by cold air that comes in the opposite direction through the same opening. Turn the thermostat down and close your damper when it’s not in use.

Soot buildup, dusty fans and loose fan belts can add hundreds of dollars to your heating costs each year. Have your furnace tuned up regularly by a heating contractor, this can save up to 10 percent on heating bills.

Heating water makes up about 11 percent of our utility bills. Switching your unit for a more efficient storage model could save you 10 to 20 percent on heating bills.

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