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BY: Jeff Martin | November 30, 2012

SPRINGVILLE — Winter has arrived and many Western New York residents are looking for ways to decrease their cold-weather heating bills.

An energy performance seminar, which will address this endeavor, will be held at Springville Door & Window on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. – noon. The business is located at 56 Waverly St.

Springville Door & Window owner David Batterson said that last year’s seminar was such a “huge success” that he felt it would be beneficial to host another event, this year.

“People were asking questions, well past when it was supposed to be over,” Batterson said. “So, we made it longer, this year.”

Four speakers are scheduled to speak at the seminar. Jeff Kibler, sales associate at Springville Door & Window; Tom Raymond, a local home inspector; David Jones, a building performance contractor and Batterson.

Attendees will learn about energy and thermal efficiency, windows and new technology, including foam and cellulose insulation, that Springville Door & Window is now offering.

The event will focus on tips that homeowners can utilize in their quest for lower heating bills, which Batterson said continue to rise, whether a home is heated by electricity or gas.

The average heating bill for a Buffalo/Western New York homeowner, according to Forbes Magazine, is approximately $160, during the months of January and February. Approximately 88 percent of Western New York/Buffalo residents utilize natural gas, which Batterson said is the most efficient and least volatile energy source.

Attendees will learn window maintenance and repair and weather stripping. They will also view the various types of glass find out how they stand up to winter temperatures.

“For most of the people who attend, it becomes a ‘wow’ factor for them,” Batterson said. “They leave not realizing that what they’ve been doing to prepare for winter hasn’t been enough.”

He said that fitting a home with the proper electrical outlet covers can decrease heating costs.

Seminar attendees will also receive information about a thermal imaging camera that can perform a kind of X-ray on a home and tell the owner where the heat is escaping.

Following last year’s seminar, Batterson said some families returned to his store, to purchase higher-quality windows. Others told him that they went home to perform some of the energy tricks, themselves.

“They all saw improvement, which is our aim,” Batterson said. “Sometimes, it’s just the small things that work the best.”

Attendees will receive packets full of tips about what they can do to improve or modify their homes, this winter season. Some residents may qualify for a full home performance energy audit. Prizes will also be given away, at the event.

For more information, call Springville Door & Window at 592-9803 or visit www.springvilledoorandwindow.com.

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