CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Imagine saving 40% on your energy bill over the course of a year. With the price it costs to heat and cool your house, it sounds pretty good.
I met Mitchell Mullen at a home a Charlotte home that had recently been renovated, new paint, new flooring. It looked fantastic on the surface, but underneath, there were some issues with energy efficiency.
Standing inside the attic, Mullen explained how small cracks and rips in duct work is one of the biggest culprits for waste.
"It becomes a problem because that's air that's escaping and basically you're cooling your attic or you're heating your attic depending on the season and that's not good that's just a waste of energy," he said.
The cost of the audits vary according to the size of your home, they start at 300 dollars.
Mullen first recommends you make sure you have a new programmable thermostat. They are easy to install and should always be kept in a room, not big open space.
Next, check your duct system carefully. Even the smallest tear in duct work can mean money and energy wasted. Insulating your duct system also keeps your heated or cooled air at the right temperature when it arrives inside your home.
Energy Tight experts also pointed out to me outside air avenues are easy to spot just by looking at your insulation. "When you see this discoloration, you know the insulation is acting almost like a filter and the air is passing right through, which is wasting you money.