broken or cracked glass and putty older
windows; check to see that windows close
properly and window locks pull sashes
sure doors close properly; repair or
replace non-working doorknobs, latches
and striker plates.
windows, doors and attic accesses; caulk
the frames around windows and doors
from the inside using a clear, pliable
you have a fireplace, be sure it is
fitted with a tight sealing damper that
is closed when the fireplace is not
in use. If the fireplace is used infrequently,
use a chimney block to eliminate heat
and Hot Water
incandescent light bulbs with energy
efficient fluorescent lights. Over its
lifetime, a fluorescent bulb will save
$30 - $50. Look for rebates from utilities
to save you even more. Today's new compact
fluorescent bulbs perform even better
than the models of a few years ago.
low flow showerheads and faucet aerators
to save energy and water.
your hot water heater temperature to
leaking hot water faucets, tanks and
addition, the following improvements can
save more money on heating bills, although
they generally require a greater up-front
investment of time or money. Contact your
gas or electric utility to find any rebates
or other assistance that they may offer
for such measures.
automatic setback thermostats that adjust
the heat to your schedule.
attics (especially attics with less
than seven inches of insulation), walls,
and flooring over unheated crawl spaces
exterior storm windows, including cellar
storm windows. For windows that are
rarely opened, consider installing interior
you plan to replace your present oil
or gas heating system, select a high
efficiency unit with an Annual Fuel
Use Efficiency Rating (AFUE) of at least
82 percent. Make sure the heating system
is properly "sized" for your home; many
systems are too large for the space
being heated the result is a considerable
waste of dollars.
standard curtains with tight sealing,
insulated or quilted window coverings.