New thermal scanner can save you money

Reported by Casey Roman - email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - If your house is always too hot or too cold, you're probably wasting money trying to get the temperature just right.

There is new technology that can literally take a picture of the problem areas in your home.

A thermal scanner is used during an energy audit and shows where small cracks and spaces have your heat and money slipping out the door.

Wilmington engineer Tommy Webster says the audit will show you how to start fixing the problem and start saving you money.

If you think it's too late in the winter to start making improvements, the tips work for air conditioning too.

Here are some more tips to save on your energy bill:

1. Ceiling Fans - heat rises but a fan can help you push that warm air down. During the summer, switch the fan to reverse the direction to pull the warm air up. Just be sure you have it going in the right direction for the right season!

2. Block Unused Rooms - Use vent covers and keep the doors shut in any rooms that are not used regularly.

3. Insolated Curtains.

4. Furnace Check - Have a professional look at how efficiently your furnace is running.

5. Unclog Your Air Filter - Heat systems have to work overtime if the air filter is clogged. Its also a safety hazard. Perform this check yearly.

If you have any questions about saving energy, email Tommy Webster at

For more information about the thermal scanner, click here.