Thursday, September 23, 2010

As the weather cools, take these steps to save energy.

And remember, big-ticket purchases like windows and furnaces can qualify for a $1,500 tax credit if bought before the end of the year.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Lock windows to make a tighter seal and resist drafts.
  • Add storm windows if you have only single-pane windows. This can cut heat loss by up to 50 percent. A better remedy is to replace single-pane windows with energy-efficient double-pane versions.
  • Insulate or increase the amount of insulation in your attic, basement and exterior walls.
  • Cover permanent air conditioners that are secured through a wall to prevent cold air from leaking into your home.
  • Reduce air leaks in floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, vents, plumbing penetrations, and electrical outlets. Plugging cracks where air escapes can cut 10 percent from an average household's monthly energy bill.
  • Service your heating system now. (You should do it once a year.)
  • Replace furnace filters now and change or clean them once a month during heating season.
  • Replace your old furnace with one that’s rated 90 percent or higher in efficiency. This can save up to 30 percent of your heating costs.
  • Clean the chimney and get the vent systems checked.

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