Energy Audit Shows Where Cold Air Seeps into Your Home

Updated: 01/06/2014 6:36 AM
Created: 01/03/2014 6:25 PM
By: Ellen Galles

During this historic cold blast, many Minnesotans will crank up the heat and hunker down inside. So how can you make the most of your home heating?

KSTP did a home walk-through with an auditor from Xcel Energy.

Some of the areas heat is escaping may surprise you -- for instance, anywhere there's recessed lighting. Not only does it cause a draft, but the rising heat can cause ice dams as well.

"Most people think that's not really a trouble area because you can't feel it," Chris Rustad with Xcel Energy said.

Xcel Energy will do an audit of your home if you're a customer; the prices range from $30 to $100. Click here to learn more.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Scattered Clouds
53° | 38°
  • Feels like: 56° F
  • Wind: ENE 18mph
  • Humidity: 45%
  • Sun Sunny
    60° | 40°
  • Mon Mix of sun and clouds
    64° | 42°
  • Tue Considerable cloudiness
    65° | 44°
  • Wed Times of sun and clouds
    68° | 49°