An energy audit can help save you money at home or your place of business by lowering your energy waste. For more information about this program, call KPUB @ 257-3050 or email KPUBEngr@kpub.com.
The Kerrville Public Utility Board can help reduce your electric bill with a residential or commercial energy audit. This program is a free service to our residential customers. A KPUB representative will inspect your home or business and with a written report, make recommendations for improving the energy efficiency. All aspects of the home or business are evaluated. 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 will 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 120° 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. Compact fluorescent lamps are now available for regular light sockets and save 50 to 75% of lighting costs.
- Appliances: Cleaning the coil under the refrigerator will help it run cooler and more efficiently. Disconnect the power first!
- Miscellaneous: Outside equipment, well pumps & aerobic-type septic pumps, can often be overlooked as they are seldom visible and can significantly affect the bill.