Man Saves Thousands Since Making Home Energy Efficient


UPDATED: Tuesday January 3, 2012 7:01 PM

Kevin Eigel took big steps to make his home more energy efficient, 10TV’s AJ Smith reported on Monday.

Eigel, who owns Ecohouse, a business that helps residents make their homes more energy efficient, said that his home is a model for an eco-friendly residence.

“I just thought there was a better way to do things,” Eigel said.

Eigel said that he built his home in 2002 and used a number of tips that he said anyone could use in their own homes.

“The light fixtures can be a problem, the attic hatch, the plumbing, heating ducts, heating and cooling ducts,” Eigel said.

He said that recessed lighting can cause a lot of heat – and money – loss, and LED light bulbs can use less electricity and get rid of holes, Smith reported.

Eigel said that solar panels also are another way to save money on bills and are becoming a more affordable option with government programs and rebates.

“It’s typically $3,000 to $4,000 when all said and done,” Eigel said. “Over the course of the year, it’s covering 75 percent of my hot water.”

Eigel said he sees the proof of all his hard work in his heating bill, which is less than $500 annually.
 
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