Group offering ways to lessen power bills
A week after the coldest temperatures fell on Eastern Kentucky many are bracing for what could be their most expensive electric bills of the year.
One group is working to help homeowners and renters alike make sure their homes are energy efficient.
The Appalachia HEAT Squad performs audits for homeowners for a small fee that for many turns out to be a positive investment.
"The initial cost is $50 but you're going to see a huge return you're going to see an evaluation of your home and you're going to be able to save the most money in your home with the least expensive costs of repairs or improvements and what we've seen typically is 15% to 30% savings on that utility cost," said Timothy Baker, Housing Development Alliance Director of Development and Communications
The audits typically last two hours as specialists go through every room letting the homeowner know where obvious places that air is getting into their homes are.
Officials say that windows and doors are obvious spots but also attic access points, electrical sockets, and laundry room piping. Officials also say there is one spot people can save a substantial amount of money at.
“One of the big things is not to go over three degrees at a time. When you go over three degrees it causes the heat pump to go into overdrive and costs more money to run," said Frank Morris a Housing Development Alliance Residential Energy Specialist.
The Heat Squad serves 9 counties throughout Eastern Kentucky. The Housing Development Alliance serves Knott, Breathitt, Leslie and Perry Counties. They also team up with COAP and HOMES to serve Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Floyd and Pike Counties so homeowners there have access to energy saving options as well.
Additionally, during the month of January, the Housing Alliance is doing a Facebook giveaway for a smart thermostat. The piece of equipment will pair with the homeowner's cell phone allowing them to program it and adjust the temperature and where at any time.