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washer or other major home appliance is around 15
or more years old, a newer model will pay back its
purchase price and give you considerable energy savings over its lifetime.
Landscaping: Trees and bushes can block the hot
summer sun, providing shade and reducing the temperatures around your home. They can provide cooler
cross-ventilation through the house, and shelter windows, walls and roof from strong winter winds.
Ducts: Over time, ducts can tear or separate and
allow heated and cooled air to escape into the attic or
basement while bringing dust, mold and other pollutants indoors. Tightly sealed ducts provide more
consistent indoor comfort, better air quality and lower
Caulk: Caulk holes and cracks in your home’s
foundation or walls and weatherstrip around doors
and windows, and you’ll notice an immediate improvement in comfort and energy savings.
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