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Thursday, October 29, 2009

These projects aren't in my budget. What can I do?

If you can't afford to buy energy-efficient systems and materials for your home, here are some quick fixes you can make to lower your utility bills this winter:

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-- Seal air leaks around windows and doors with sealant, caulking and weather-stripping.

-- Have your heating system inspected by a qualified professional to ensure it is working properly.

-- Check the furnace filter monthly, and change it if it appears dirty.

-- Install a programmable thermostat.

-- Open curtains on west- and south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home. Close them at night to lessen heat loss.

SOURCES: Energy Star/Environmental Protection Agency; Internal Revenue Service; Alliance to Save Energy; David Affeldt

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