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Energy Audit Shows Where Cold Air Seeps into Your Home

Updated: 01/06/2014 6:36 AM
Created: 01/03/2014 6:25 PM KSTP.com
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.


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