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By Dan Rudy 

Drafty houses contributing to high energy costs


November 9, 2017

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Charlie Hazel celebrated his 500th installation of a heat pump last week by providing the unit and work for free to the McIntyre family, clockwise from back Paul, Becky, Daniel, Elizabeth, Lindee and Elliana. In the business for 24 years, the contractor has been plying his trade in Wrangell for the past five.

Wrangell got its first, brief introduction to winter on Monday, with a temporary dousing of snow and sleet.

But chimneys have already been puffing away since September as minimum temperatures for the month dropped to 42 degrees. After remaining chilly throughout the following month, the thermometer finally dipped below freezing for the first time on November 2.

With summer well past and winter by now on the way, keeping homes and businesses heated becomes an important proposition. In a housing needs assessment developed for Wrangell during 2016's master planning sessions for development at...

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