State encourages home improvements for energy efficiency 

By Matt Buxton | The Fairbanks Daily News Miner: FAIRBANKS — On a sunny Monday afternoon, Paul Woodman stood in a trench dug around a home off Chena Pump Road, his hand exploring a space between the building and its siding that could be tricky to insulate.

With frigid winter temperatures months away, it might be hard to determine the parts of a home that will leak heat and send the fuel bill soaring, but Woodman has been doing this for a while.

Woodman is a weatherization inspector with the Fairbanks-based Interior Weatherization, a non profit company that specializes in upgrading the energy efficiency of homes to lower energy bills.

With plenty of attention placed on big-ticket energy projects like natural gas pipelines, hydroelectric and renewable resources, energy efficiency is an often-overlooked tool to reduce a home’s heating bill, but Woodman says it’s the most immediate.

“Sometimes people don’t see the benefit in doing it,” Woodman said. “But not only do you see it right away, but you’re going to keep it for a very long time.”

That benefit can be anywhere between a 20 percent and 25 percent savings on energy bills, Woodman said of Interior Weatherization clients.


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