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Energy Audits Can Save Money, Are Popular During Cold Snap

KSTP News -- (with VIDEO) The temperatures are falling, which means your heating bill will continue to rise.

CenterPoint Energy says there's a spike in the number of people seeking energy audits, it did nearly 600 last month. Essentially, a crew comes out to your house and uses special equipment to find heat escaping through nooks and crannies you never even knew about.

"If you follow the auditor's recommendations, a more comfortable home, lower utility bills, and increased durability of your equipment," said Ryan Setterholm of CenterPoint Energy.

If you're thinking about an audit for your home, the basic inspection costs $25, the more detailed ones cost $100. Energy savings depend on your home, but the average is around $40 a month if you follow recommendations.


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 4:59:30 AM

always good to reduce energy consumption when the energy is going out the window instead of staying in the building.
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Vanho
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 6:45:11 AM

At $25 cost, the break even point is probably only a month or 2 away. So do it!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:30:09 PM

Saving is Good :).
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:24:03 PM

the temp. is 4 degrees right now here
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:23:05 PM

every little leak or gap closed helps
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:19:59 PM

Now's a good time to find "leaks"...
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:19:47 PM

Spend a little to maybe save a lot.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:19:05 PM

You need to be a customer of the utility, to get a evaluation.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:17:30 PM

Yep, read this yesterday too.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:15:04 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:13:30 PM

That's right.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:12:22 PM

good to know.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:11:50 PM

it sounds like a good idea if you can use their recommendations
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:11:13 PM

Maybe we should have an app for "audits". This here usually posts gasoline related topics.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:11:11 PM

if you can afford the inspection, it's worth it!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:11:03 PM

Some people who post here don't drive so they get mixed up.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:10:49 PM

I'm not so sure.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:10:32 PM

I may look into that one day
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:10:29 PM

Hard decisions.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:10:04 PM

depneds on who does them & what they want to sell you
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:09:33 PM

What does this have to do with the price of gasoline?
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We always paying no matter what's happen.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:09:14 PM

Big recommendation is get a new furnace...would take a lot of months to make up for $8000-10000!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:08:47 PM

Sometimes you gotta spend a buck to save ten bucks.....
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:07:27 PM

only if there free.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:07:27 PM

Another overpriced racket!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:07:21 PM

Interesting!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:05:47 PM

We don't need no stinkin' inspection!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:05:30 PM

Good idea.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:05:19 PM

Good idea.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:04:31 PM

Sounds great.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:04:26 PM

Its hard to find the savings anymore in my case. Over the years I have insulated my attic myself, blown in insulation in side walls, did the calking, and installed storm windows. All the above dropped my energy cost many years ago. Lately, I installed a new back door to stop drafts, changed light bulbs to CFLs and installed a new high efficiency furnace with new air conditioning. I have not seen any new savings with energy cost rising. I have had the A Coil replaced 3 times in 3 years as all leaked and were made in Mexico. Replacing the new 410 freon isn't cheap either costing much more. While parts were under warranty replacing wasn't as the installer had quit the business. Sometimes you can spend a lot and get little in return. Lately, I have elected to go with another energy company which claims to deliver substantial savings over my present supplier. We will see!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:03:35 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:57:09 PM

saving money is what it's all about!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:54:21 PM

Mostly its air leaks and bad insulating.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:51:35 PM

To save $40. a month you would have major costs to complete their recommendations!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:45:44 PM

I can't imagine anyone would drive to my house for $25.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:45:14 PM

Saving money - always a good idea.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:42:03 PM

Sounds reasonable
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:41:11 PM

OK...
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:39:43 PM

Good deal.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:39:28 PM

$40 savings a month sounds good but how much do you need to invest to get it.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:37:21 PM

I think here, OG&E does it free.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:34:56 PM

I need one for free!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:32:40 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:32:27 PM

I wish they'd replace the windows in my flat. They frost up something crazy.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:31:22 PM

Lots of words but where's the BEEF? Hot air is all we get. And what will an audit really do? Let's be honest, other than pay big bucks to beaucrats and put another feather in their hat.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:31:19 PM

Save energy. If it takes some sort of survey, do it.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:30:06 PM

There must be a lot to do in order to save $40 a month, but it's good to reduce the expending.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:25:29 PM

That's good but then I need a bunch of money to fix/replace windows, add insulation, etc.
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