Homeowners reminded to check insulation

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – As we approach the summer months, many homeowners may not be aware they could be losing precious dollars on energy costs with poor insulation in their homes. Experts say that is more evident in older homes, especially those built before 1980.

“Number one, their home is going to be really, really hot in the summertime and very, very cold in the wintertime,” says Jeannine Miller Barreras, owner of Miller’s Insulation in Albuquerque. “they’re using their air conditioner constantly and their heating constantly, those are huge indicators that their insulation levels are at nothing.”

The New Mexico Gas Company also wants homeowners to fix those problems. They are offering a big incentive to get that done in the form of an insulation rebate program. According to the gas company, customers can get a rebate for 25% of the cost, up to $500, when a licensed and insured participating contractor adds insulation to the home attic or roof.

For experts like Miller’s who have been working on New Mexico homes for 30 years, they say now is a perfect time to get the job done. Not only while the weather is cooperating, but while the gas company rebate is still available.

“We’re in spring, summer is approaching and even if you have either refrigerated air or swamp cooler, you’re still going to be wasting a lot of energy,” says Miller Barreras. “Whether you’re wasting water resources with the evaporative cooler or energy, electric energy with your refrigerated air, now’s a really good time to try to get that nipped in the bud and try to reduce your energy costs. Reduce those energy usages and we can help, or any insulation company can really make a difference.”

You can find out more information on the rebates at the New Mexico Gas Company website.

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