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Save Energy Dollars

Those blustery days are upon us. Do the cold winter winds whistle through your house? To save energy dollars, do four simple, inexpensive steps to cut your heating bills: test, insulate, caulk, and weather-strip.

Test your house by noting the temperature at floor level and at ceiling level in the same room. If your ceiling is 8-10 feet high, your house needs help if the difference is 18-20 degrees or more. Get an energy audit to pinpoint problem areas.

Insulate the attic with fiberglass batts or cellulose.

Caulk the gaps where walls meet floors and around window and door frames. Caulking is one of the easiest, most cost-effective way to save energy dollars.

Weatherstripping seals gaps around moving parts of windows and doors. It is inexpensive and easy to install.

Snug up your drafty house and save energy dollars.

Related web sites:

http://familymoney.com/

http://www.eren.doe.gov (US Dept of Energy)

http://eande.lbl.gov/CBS/VH/vh.html (Free online energy audit)

Source: "Save Energy Dollars!" by Jeff Beneke, Family Money, Winter 1997/98, p. 114-115.

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