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heating and cooling bills

the department of energy says 44% of the utility bill  goes towards your cooling and or heating bill alone! There are some ideas you can do to save alot on these two things. one simple way is to plant a tree next to a house. it really shades a house like it shades a person, or try to install dual pane glass windows. this will reduce your bill by 25%.also chaulking and weather stripping doors and windows can help reduce the bills by another 15%.
  • January 18 2010 - Schererville
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There is a great calculator available here from the US Department of Energy where people can enter the specifications on their house and get suggestions about how to cost effectively improve it's efficiency. It is fast, has estimated costs of doing the efficiency upgrades and will show you how much you can save on average by making small changes. I found it very helpful and easy to use.
  • January 19 2010
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All of this shold of course be done. Sadly a large chunk of energy is wasted because so many people feel they must run theri AC when it's 75 outside or their heat when it dips to a frigid 68. I have seen it time and again for years. The waste bothers me less than complaining about the expense.
  • January 24 2010
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And don't forget to check your insulation!  A heat pump installer told me a few weeks ago that if your heat pump comes back on rather quickly after shutting off, your insulation is insufficient.
  • January 24 2010
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Insulation is the cheapest way to see savings on energy consuption.
Planting the tree is a form of insulation.
Weatherstripping, and window caulking are too.

You can insulate your home, or insulate your body inside the home, as the waste minded poster aluded too.

Replacement windows on the other hand, no matter how effectively they are advertised or how cheap they are to buy, are not the most effective way to save energy.
  • January 25 2010
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There are so many things that you can do to reduce heating and cooling bills. I recommend that you find company in your area to perform a home energy audit. This will help you pinpoint hidden air leaks in ducts and insulation that you may not otherwise see.
  • February 11 2010
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