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Making your home more energy efficient doesn't have to be expensive and time consuming. Download these how-to guides in PDF format to learn easy ways to not only save money and energy, but also to create a more comfortable, healthy place to live. If you have questions, need assistance or would like to request a free home energy audit, call Big Sandy RECC at (606) 789-4095  or (888) 789-7322.

AC Maintenance

Doing proper maintenance on your home’s air conditioner will ensure a much longer operating life for your equipment and also lower your energy consumption.

Attic Decking

Improperly installed attic decking can render the insulation ineffective and lowers the energy-efficiency of your home.

Attic Hatch

A home's attic access is an area where poor insulation and improper sealing often cause air leaks that make you hot in the summer and cold in the winter -- and your electric bill higher.

Attic Insulation

Proper attic insulation is critical to your home's energy efficiency. A well-insulated attic keeps warm air out in the summer and inside in the winter.

 

Attic Ventilation

In hot weather, proper ventilation reduces attic temperatures, which saves on cooling costs and lengthens the life of your roof.

Attic Pull-down Stairs

If pull-down stairs aren't properly sealed, extreme heat or cold from the attic can make its way into the living space below.

Basements

It's common to lose up to 30 percent of your home's heat through the basement. Three key improvements can create effective air barriers in your basement.

Ceiling Leaks

Adding insulation in the attic won't stop energy loss in your home -- unless you stop air leaks in the ceilings first. Common problem spots include recessed lights, bathroom fans, chimneys and pull-down attic stairs.

Crawl Space

Insulating your home's crawl space can greatly reduce energy loss.

Homeowner's Guide to a Heat Pump  

If you’re looking for comfort, efficiency and savings from your heating and cooling system, you can’t beat today’s high efficiency heat pumps.

Knee Walls

A knee wall is any wall that is adjacent to the attic. Without a proper seal in addition to insulation, the extreme heat and cold of your attic can seep through the knee wall into your living space.

Knee Wall Doors

Adding weather-stripping to the knee wall door is an easy first step to sealing the wall and keeping attic heat or cold from entering your living space.

Pool Pump

You wouldn’t leave home with every light in your house burning. But running your swimming pool’s pump harder than it needs to run is a lot like leaving all the lights on.

Sealing Ductwork 

By eliminating air leakage in the ductwork, your home's heating and air conditioning system can work more efficiently with decreased run time -- your utility bills go down, the air quality goes up and the equipment will last longer.

Space Heaters

Space heaters are energy hogs. If you do the calculation on the cost of operation, you’ll often be surprised how much your space heater can increase your monthly bill.

Heat Pump Thermostats

 

Weather-strip Doors

Weather-stripping doors can dramatically increase your home's energy efficiency and stop those chilly drafts. 

 

Whole House Fan

A whole house fan is a simple and inexpensive way to cool your home -- just make sure to seal it properly!

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