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Energy Bills too High: Don’t fear, 401(e) is here


With so many days of bitter cold, this winter is seemingly never-ending. With cold temperatures, winter has not only been harsh on us, but to many people’s pockets by trying to keep our houses warm. Energy bills are rising not only because of the cold weather, but also because of record breaking prices for propane. Last month, a gallon was three times more expensive than at the same time a year ago!


So what can be done to lower your energy bills? For that look no further than 401(e), which can help you make your home more energy efficient. The energy efficient concept is an enticing, yet simple one: saving energy by not using it!


Here are some of the ways 401(e) helps lower your energy usage:


Insulation: If your energy bill is high, it could be from not having enough insulation. Adding insulation to walls, attics, and other places can significantly reduce your energy bill.

Air Sealing: Cracks and crevices around windows and in attics can allow a lot of warm heat to escape your home. Using a diagnostic equipment and infrared camera, we can locate those areas where heat is escaping and seal it up so heat does not escape anymore.


Here are some other tips that you can do yourself to lower your energy usage:


Install a programmable thermostat: Programmable thermostats are a good way to lower your furnace setting when you do not need as much heat: for example when you are gone or sleeping. In fact, lowering your thermostat during those times by 10 – 15 degrees can lower your heating bill by 5% – 15% a year.

Replacing old appliances with energy efficient appliances: A big part of energy usage in our homes is used to run our appliances. By replacing old appliances with new energy efficient ones you can significantly reduce energy usage because appliances today are more efficient. For example, refrigerators today use about 75% less energy than ones from the 1970’s. When shopping for appliances, look for one that is the right size for you and make sure it has the Energy Star label.


There are all sorts of different ways that you can reduce your heating and energy usage that will save you money. So when you are thinking about ways you can reduce your home energy usage there are ways that 401(e) and you can do that.


Afterwards, we know your pocket will feel heavier from energy savings.