HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - As temperatures continue to climb heading into another Alabama summer, the last thing you want is for your electricity bill to follow suit.
Huntsville Utilities says they can help prevent just that with their Efficiency Program and save homeowners hundreds annually.
In most cases, heating and cooling equipment use more energy than any other appliance in the home.
The Efficiency Program offers information and free inspections to homeowners who are in the process of replacing their heating and cooling equipment.
A network of insured, NATE certified contractors work with Huntsville Utilities and TVA as members of the Quality Contractor's network (QCN).
"We go through the entire house, we check HVAC, installation, windows, air ceiling and a performance test on your heating and cooling system and tell you how well it's performing, and air flow too," lead energy advisor Bradley Lyon explained.
"It can be that much, especially in the winter time, if your strips are kicking on when they don't need to because your heat pump is not operating efficiently."
They inspect the insulation and all the windows and doors to make sure there are no leaks.
"If you have a lot of leaking in your ductwork that results in whole house leakage also," Lyon said.
The entire survey takes about 90 minutes and when crews are done, they'll go over what needs to be fixed and give you a list of their quality contractors.
"We do background checks, license insurance liability that will protect the homeowner and gives someone for them to use also," Lyon assured.
Over 90 percent of all new homes in Madison County are tested and certified by the utility company.
Click here for more information on the Huntsville Utilities Efficiency Program.
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