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Find Energy Leaks—And Stop’em H


eating and cooling your home costs


money, yet most homes let some of that conditioned air escape through tiny “leaks” around the home, such as cracks around windows, doors that don’t close quite tightly enough; and holes in walls that allow cable, telephone, sump pump and electrical lines to enter the building.


Whether conditioned air is getting outside or fresh air is coming in, the result is the same: Your heating or air conditioning system has to do extra work to keep the indoor air at the temperature you like.


The best solution is to find those leaks and seal them. Here are some tips:


1. On a windy day, light a stick of incense or a match indoors and hold it near each window, door, electrical box, plumbing fixture, electrical outlet, ceiling fixture, attic hatch and anywhere else where you see an opening that lets something from the outside in. If the smoke moves, you have found an air leak.


2. Plug the leaks. You can do that by applying caulk right into the hole or crack. You can also install weather-stripping around doors and windows, and place foam gaskets behind outlets and switch plates.


3. When you’re on the prowl for leaks, be sure to check your attic. Reattach any insulation that is drooping away


from the walls and roof. It should touch the surface it’s meant to protect.


4. If windows in your home are a source of leaks, try covering them with plastic. If your budget allows, consider installing storm windows. Replace single-pane windows with double- pane models for the best savings.


5. Close the damper on your fireplace when your aren’t using it.


If you’re looking for more ways to lower your energy costs, visit TogetherWeSave.com. The site offers articles, blogs, tips and interactive activities that will help you find the best energy saving solutions for your home.


You Deserve The


Extra Credit Join Peak Busters and get paid to save energy!


When you sign up for Kiwash Electric’s Peak Buster program, your co-op will pay you from $32.50 to $60 per month.


Peak Busters is for members who have a whole-home generator installed on their property. When you become a Peak Buster, you allow your generator to run during periods of extreme system-wide electricity use. Your participation helps lower your energy costs while helping your co-op control curb its peak demand.


Please call Kiwash Electric today for more details.


ENERGY EFFICIENCY Tip of the Month


Your home works hard for you. Consider giving it an energy checkup. Hire a professional energy auditor to diagnose where your house could be losing energy and where you can start saving money. Auditors check for air leaks, inspect insulation, survey heating and cooling equipment and more. After making efficiency upgrades, you could save 5-30 percent on your energy bills.


Source: EnergySavers.gov 888-832-3362 www.kiwash.coop. Peak buster Kilowatt | MARCH 2015 | 3


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