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Simple Energy Projects That Can Save You a Bundle This Winter
With the cost of natural gas going up, heating bills are expected to increase up to 30% this winter. Here are some simple ways you can save money by conserving energy in your home.
Electronic thermostats that lower the temperature while you are in bed or away from home are the fastest, easiest way to save energy. In a cold climate, you can save about 10% to 30% on your heating bill. Most of these thermostats cost between $100 and $200 and they’re easy to install.
- Floor of Unheated Attic: Check recommended insulation levels and lay new insulation at right angles to the old.
- Basement or Crawl Space: Fasten foam or fiberglass panels to the walls and cover with drywall. Either glue panels to the wall or fasten them to furring strips.
- Heating Ducts: Insulate an unheated attic or basement by wrapping with fiberglass insulation.
Weatherstripping is a flexible sealer for the moving parts of windows and doors. Many new windows and doors require a specific type of weatherstrip, which you find in hardware stores or online. The generic “V-strip” adapts to many doors and windows and can even be applied in cold weather. The weatherstrip at the threshold often needs replacement. If the door bottom is still leaky, add a door sweep to seal against the floor or threshold.
Caulking seals exterior cracks around windows, doors, pipes, and vents. Scrape away the old caulking and dirt, then squirt new caulking into the crack.
Window Jamb Liner Kits
A window jamb liner is a strip that goes on the inside of a window frame, giving the window a snug fit and preventing air leaks. It’s an easy way to update double-hung windows and can be installed from the inside. You can install jamb liners in less than an hour without touching the storm window, jambs, or casing molding. Order a kit to match the size of your window.
Replace Storm Door
Battered storm doors are easy to replace on a standard-size door opening. A wooden door has better durability than an aluminum door and will insulate better. Strip off the old door, then follow the installation instructions included with your door, using a drill and other basic tools.
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