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As the holidays approach and the weather turns cold, now is the time of year to bundle up inside with friends and family. The days grow shorter and the temperature continues to drop your home can be viewed as a refuge from the winter. Is your home ready this winter? Is it properly air sealed, with good insulation, and an efficient furnace? Many homeowners overestimate how energy efficient their homes are, especially if they are newer homes.

Fortunately in our modern times, learning about the health and comfort of our homes is easier than ever. For less than a visit to the doctor you can have a qualified home professional come to you and diagnose how efficiently your home is using energy and where it may be being wasted.

This energy assessment will help prioritize the most cost effective measures to upgrade your home’s efficiency. If you choose to follow through with recommendations of your assessment you can save between 5% and 30% on your monthly energy bill. If your home is drafty and you think the prognosis will be negative, don’t worry about being energy shamed. Energy assessors are professionals who care about the health and safety of your home but they will only offer recommendations – any additional work would only be conducted if you want it.

The price of a home energy assessment tends to range from $300 to $500 but they are sometimes subsidized by local governments or utilities. If you live in Boulder County a countywide service called Energy Smart is currently offering assessments for only $100! Act soon though as this deal expires on December 15th! Contact Energy Smart today at 303-544-1000 or at

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