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Residential Energy Audit

A Residential Energy Audit can help save you money by lowering your energy waste.  For more information about this, call KPUB at 257-3050 or 1-800-257-2883.

The Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) can help reduce your electric bill with a residential energy audit.  This program is a free service to our residential customers.  A KPUB representative will inspect your home and with a written report, make recommendations for improving the energy efficiency of the home.  All aspects of the home are evaluated.  Residential energy audits will be scheduled during normal business hours according to staff availability.  KPUB staff does not make repairs to customer’s equipment.  An energy audit can be a valuable tool to help you understand your energy usage and resulting bill.

Some of the items inspected are:

Air Conditioning
The number one energy consumer in the typical home is the heating and air conditioning system.  Changing filters and using economical thermostat settings save money!
Attic Insulation
Recommended:  R-38, approximately 12”.  Additional insulation can be added to existing insulation to save money.
Attic Ventilation
Allows summertime heat to escape; reduces heat load on the house, ductwork and extends shingle life.  Most homes need more ventilation.
Water Heating
Lower thermostat settings to 120⁰ F.  Wrap exposed pipes and add a blanket to the tank.
Air Infiltration
Seal drafty doors and windows with weather-stripping and caulking.  Install double pane windows and treat with tinting or Low-E coating to reduce summer heat gain and winter heat loss.
Lighting
Replace incandescent bulbs with more energy efficient fluorescent bulbs or newer light emitting diode (LED) lights. Compact fluorescent lamps are now available for regular light sockets and save 50% - 75% of lighting costs.  LED lights also have a much longer life with lower heat output & wattage reductions approaching 90%.
Appliances
Cleaning the coil under the refrigerator will help it run cooler and more efficiently.  Disconnect the power first!
Miscellaneous
Outside equipment, well pumps and aerobic-type septic pumps can be overlooked as they are seldom visible and can significantly affect the bill.