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Saving Money: The Home Energy Saver
Saving money by reducing home energy costs just makes good sense. I follow home energy saving tips sent by my local utility. I change my furnace filters regularly. I recently installed a high-efficiency air conditioning unit. I decreased the temperature of my hot water heater, and I installed programmable thermostats on each level of my home so that the house doesn't get heated or cooled simply for the sake of the cat when I am at work.From there I was a little stumped. Trying to figure out what energy saving tips worked in my home was baffling. Did I need more insulation? Some type of barrier? New windows? Or was it the doors that posed my biggest concern? As it turned out, the federal government offers a FREE solution that can help answer these questions -- the Home Energy Saver. The website asks for a bunch of information about your home, including the number of windows and doors, the type and depth of insulation and specific information on the age and condition of appliances. If you take the time to answer the questions, the site will reward you with detailed information based on your own zip code about what options to consider. It even lists the number ... more
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