Taking steps to improve the
energy efficiency of your home will not only keep
you healthier and more comfortable this winter, it
will help save you money.
The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency offers the following tips:
- Sealing holes, cracks and openings in your home
and adding insulation are among the most cost-effective
ways of reducing home energy bills. For example,
weather strip and insulate your attic hatch or door,
seal holes in the attic (i.e. duct, plumbing or
electrical runs) that lead into the house, and weather
strip doors and windows that don't close tightly.
Also, install foam gaskets around electrical outlets
(under the plates) to reduce drafts.
- Replace your furnace filter before the heating
season begins. A dirty air filter reduces air flow,
making your heating system work harder to deliver
warm air to the registers. Cover the filter slot
with a piece of wide tape. This will prevent air
from getting in around the filter edges.
- Lower your thermostat when you're asleep or away.
- Have your heating system serviced in the fall
and have your duct system checked, too.
- Replace conventional light bulbs with Energy Star-labeled
- Power down computers and electronic products when
you're not using them.
- Look for products that have earned the Energy
Star, which is on more than 40 different kinds of
home products, including appliances, heating and
cooling equipment, lighting, and home electronics.
Here's where you can learn more about Energy
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