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New Home Buyers Can Save BIg On Future Bills

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When you look into the future, there's one thing that's certain.

The cost of heating and cooling our homes, isn't going to get any cheaper.

But there is one option, that can help the new home buyer.

PSO is working with builders, to construct homes that are very efficient.

It's called the High Performance Home Program, and the PSO employee who manages it, is a real believer.

She's buying one of those homes.

Lisa Puyear is working with a builder who uses PSO incentives to build tight, energy-efficient homes.

While her home will cost about 5% more up front, there will be huge energy saving over the life of the house.

For starters she expects a electric bill that's about $100 a month.

That's only about half what most of her neighbors will be paying.

Her home includes a lot of extras, such as Energy Star windows and a highly-efficient heating and cooling unit.

Her entire attic is also sealed off and insulated, so that system isn't sitting in a hot or cold space.

She's also used a special coating on all her duct work, so there will never be any air leaks.

She says standard duct tape works for about 5-years, but over time it losses it's usefulness.

Another key issue is the basic insulation and caulking of the house.

She says making sure that's done properly, is a key issue.

All the insulation in the world can be a waste, if it's not properly installed.

In the end proper, care and planning during construction can save a lot of money in the future.

 

 

 

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