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Make Your Home More Energy Efficient :: Part 3

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient :: Part 3

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient :: Part 3Here we go with Part 3 of our Energy Efficiency system.   Hope the tips have been helpful.

7.  Insulated Ducts - "If you've got a forced-air heating system, make sure that you have your ducts insulated," says Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman, deputy home editor for Consumer Reports.  Why?  Lots of hot air (and air-conditioned air in the summer) is lost through uninsulated metal tubes, or through gabs int he ducts.  "It costs around $500 or so (to wrap the ducts), but you ca save around $400 or so a year," she says. 

8.  An Energy Audit - A home energy audit is like a physical for your house - it pinpoints all the ways it's using, and losing, energy.  You can perform a simple energy audit yourself, but a prof will use more advanced techniques and tools to really help you identify your home's weak spots - and help you fix them.

9.  Washing Machine - Old washing machines are big water hogs.  But the newest front-loading ones have changed the game.  Though they cost more at the register, front-loading washers can save you about $100 a year in water and electricity costs, estimates Celia Kuperszmid Lehrman, deputy editor for Consumer Reports. 

Check-in tomorrow for the final edition.


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