Low-budget energy efficient projects
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:
-- 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