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3 Ways to Plug Costly Energy Leaks Before Winter

You can save money on home heating costs this winter if you do these three things.

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There are a lot of tax credits available for green home improvements. However, even with the tax credits, you might not be able to afford some of the bigger things, like all-new windows. But with winter coming, you want to do something to plug up expensive energy leaks. Not only is plugging these leaks good for the environment, but it is also good for your wallet. You can save money on home heating costs this winter if you do these three things:
  1. Insulate: You can add insulation to your home. Take a look at where another layer could be used and add it. It's fairly inexpensive, and insulation is one of the less expensive green home improvements eligible for a tax credit.
  2. Seal the exterior: There are a number of ways that heat can escape from your home, thanks to holes in your home's exterior. Attic hatches, gaps between the foundation wall and the framing and other leaks can slowing drain your home of heat -- and add to the costs of keeping it comfortable.
  3. Check the duct work: Your ducts may be providing another escape for heat. Check to see whether there are unsealed joints in the duct work that can lead to leaks, and seal them up.
You can get help figuring out what needs to be done by getting a home energy audit. These often run between $50 and $200. You can get your audit, and have the auditor tell you exactly what to do to seal your home. In the end, you could save hundreds more than you spend on an energy audit.

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