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How can I reduce our heating bill this winter?

QuestionWith energy costs rising, What low-cost steps can I take to help reduce our heating bill this winter?

AnswerIn addition to sealing gaps with expanding foam insulation, you can reduce your heating bill in other fairly low-cost ways:

1. Change your furnace filter regularly (and save about $100/year);

2. Install a programmable thermostat (and save about $100/year);

3. Vacuum registers and vents regularly (and save about $30/year);

4. Open curtains and blinds in the day to take advantage of the sun's natural warmth, but be sure to close them at night (and save about $50/year). Insulated draperies will dramatically improve the comfort of your home

Finally, reap some benefits at tax time. Many energy saving home improvement products are eligible for a tax deduction. Visit www.energystar.gov for more information.

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Question answered by Leon A. Frechette.

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