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Old 12-06-2011, 11:05 AM   #16
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I would. You would be surprised how much air leaks at the edge.

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Old 12-30-2011, 06:32 PM   #17
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Don't forget to seal all of the seams on any hvac ducts you have access to. Don't use duct tape. Get the metal tape that's a little more expensive.

I also sealed most of the seams on my furnace with the metal tape. Before sealing the last 8" to 10" of those seams, I could feel a LOT of air blowing out through that section. Air that should have been going to the rooms upstairs.

You can also wrap the heat ducts with insulation.

Keep picking away at it. You'll be surprised at how much your heat bill comes down.

My gas bill, on a year-round budget plan was $131 per month before I started. After many months of sealing and insulating, it came down to $54 per month. I don't know if that's a typical savings, but this house really needed a lot.
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gma2rjc, I just got my bill from Ameren-Cilco for the month of Nov to Dec 28th. 57 therms, $55, but on budget pay it went to $39. Last year was 98 therms. My Electric also went down this season, due to going around and sealing a lot of air leaks, and putting window film on a few windows that were still leaking after doing the sealing. Electric was 570kwh, due to furnace is only cycling once an hour at low stage, vs every fifteen minutes.
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That's awesome. It's not often that you see your bills go down in price.
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:24 PM   #20
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Average monthly use for electric is anywhere from 650 to 840 depending on the season, Winter therms as high as 134 in the past eight years here, 128 with the furnace we got back in 2005. I love it, and utilities hate people like me. Should we explain to others why they are paying higher costs, and it is not because of fuel delivery and the such.
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After my gas usage dropped so much, DTE came out and put a brand new gas meter on the house!

I'm guessing that if my bill had doubled, they wouldn't have given it a second thought.
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I guess I should take a paint pen to mine to make sure that I notice, when they swap my meters.

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