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Cool Down Your Heating Costs!
One of the latest trends in remodeling today is in increasing the energy efficiency of homes in established neighborhoods.  This is being done for two reasons.  One, the cost of these improvements can be recouped over time through reduced utility bills and two, more and more they are being perceived as adding value to the property as the cost of energy goes up. Most of these properties were built when energy was much cheaper and the building codes were less strict than they are today.  Lower-efficiency HVAC systems, less insulation and single-pane windows were commonly used to keep the construction cost down.  What this means to the homeowner today is higher heating and air conditioning costs.  Here are a few things that can be done to significantly reduce your utility bills.
Whack Those Single-Pane Windows! More conditioned air passes through windows than any other place in the home.  Metal-clad, single-pane windows are the main culprit.  Simply making a building more airtight can save as much as 20% or more on heating and cooling bills.  Replacing single-pane windows with vinyl or wood-clad, double-pane, low-E glass windows will cut energy consumption significantly.  This can be a rather significant investment, but it will pay ... more

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