Making these easy, inexpensive changes will save you big bucks this winter. By Paul Scheckel December 2005/January 2006
This winter, many people are facing much higher heating bills. The costs of fuel oil and electricity are rising, and natural gas prices are up to 50 percent higher than last year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
As fuel prices rise, itís tempting to look for the single solution that will shave off a large part of your heating bill, but there are numerous ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Many of these are simple, inexpensive steps that can reduce your energy use and bring you immediate savings. You also should keep in mind home improvements that will lead to long-term savings, including purchasing more efficient windows, additional insulation or an energy-efficient heating system. When youíre building a home, remodeling or buying a new heating system, choosing the most energy-efficient options can bring you significant savings over time.
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