Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Energy Efficiency Update.

We were chosen for an energy-efficiency grant through our utility company, MLGW - I wrote about it here back in the fall. We got a new HVAC unit, insulation, and they fixed our ductwork. All in all, it would have cost several thousands of dollars to pay for ourselves (maybe about 6000 we've heard?). 

It has been a few months now and I've been able to see a huge difference in our bills. For our October, November, and December bills, there's been an average of $80 difference in our utility costs. With that, keep in mind that now we can actually feel our heat and have it set about 4 degrees higher so we're actually warmer too. 

All in all, I am really impressed with this program through MLGW. I will say that they didn't do a great job with the installation - they made a huge mess of our pantry where the HVAC is (there are still huge chunks of wall stuck behind the unit even after I swept) and we found out after some roof issues that they didn't properly seal the vent out the roof (so our contractor had to come behind and add that in). This was all free to us but the grant contracted out to a local company so MLGW paid them the full amount, meaning they should have done a full job. 

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