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Energy Efficiency

Unfortunately, there are lots of drafts in older homes, which result in high energy bills. What are the best, fastest- payback ways to make a home more energy efficient?    The energy saving improvements that follow, in order from most to least effective, will pay back the quickest:  * Seal up all heat leaking holes and cracks in the attic floor with foam caulk.  * Insulate the attic floor.  * Repair the weather stripping around all windows and doors.  * Install a setback thermostat that's programmable.  * Replace single pane windows with either low-e glazing or argon     gas-filled windows.  * Install foam-core insulated entry doors.  * Replace the furnace or heat pump if it's more than 10 years old.  * Replace an old, inefficient refrigerator or freezer.  Depending on the severity of the climate and how poorly insulated the house is, it will take 3 to 15 years for you to get a return on most of these improvements. Energy savings can be as high as 50 percent in a few cases. But even with lower savings, you'll increase the comfort level and resale value of your home and help protect the environment.  However, remember that buttoning up a house too tight can be dangerous. If gas furnaces, ranges and other combustion appliances don't draft properly, it can cause toxic fumes to be drawn back into the house by an exhaust fan or even a change in wind direction. After making the improvements, hire an energy auditor to determine airflow through your home using a blower door test. To find an auditor, check with your utility company or call an insulating contractor.  
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Energy Efficiency

* Check all window and door locks for proper operationfall maintenance tips * Check your home for water leaks * Review your fire escape plan with your family * Make sure there are working nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs * Have a heating professional check your heating system every year * Protect your home from frozen pipes * Replace your furnace filter * Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone * Test your emergency generator * Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper * Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures * Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms * Make sure the caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heat/cooling loss * Make sure that the caulking around your bathroom fixtures is adequate to prevent water from seeping into the sub-flooring