Energy use often goes up during winter months, but not just because your furnace or other heating system is getting more use. Patterns in your energy use, the types of electrical appliances and devices you operate, and the effectiveness of your home’s insulation are among the many other factors that can generate an unexpectedly high electric bill.

IREA offers free energy audits to customers interested in potentially reducing their monthly bills. Our energy efficiency expert will gather important data on your home’s heating system and use thermal imaging equipment to identify cold spots. We then provide you recommendations for increasing energy efficiency within your home, many of which have little or no cost.

You can schedule your free energy audit by visiting www.IREA.coop/energy-audits, where you will also find energy efficiency tips to follow both before and after your free audit.