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Sustainable Buildings Forum To Offer Tips To Keep Heating Costs Down

Creating a sustainable home can save money in the long-run.

Cold winter temperatures generally lead to higher energy bills. A forum on sustainable buildings will offer tips on keeping down heating costs.

Making your home more energy efficient by cutting down on the amount of heat that escapes is a way to create a more sustainable building. Ecology Center Healthy Buildings Director, Jason Bing, says a home energy auditor can create a comprehensive list of upgrades. Bing thinks most homeowners can handle at least one project on their own. Bing stated in an interview "increasing attic insulation [is] an easy upgrade [...] for a handy DIYer."

Bing says homeowners, and renters alike, can reduce their heating costs through good window treatments, and using a programmable thermostat.

The Sustainable Ann Arbor series starts Thursday night at the Ann Arbor District Library downtown branch.

Like 89.1 WEMU on Facebook and follow us on Twitter— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him       

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.