October is National Energy Awareness Month so it’s a good time for projects that conserve energy in the winter. The experts at Lowes will help you find products to lower your heating bill and we think these projects are particularly good ones.
1. Seal drafty windows to keep cold weather out by installing a window insulation kit. It’s a simple job to apply the clear film on the window frame with a hair dryer to shrink it to fit the size of the window. Here’s a link to compare the cost to do it yourself vs hire a handyman http://www.diyornot.com/Project.aspx?ndx2=14&Rcd=185
2. Don’t let your HVAC (heating and cooling system) circulate air through a dirty filter. Change the filter so the system can work efficiently. And consider adding a furnace humidifier which regulates the moisture level and prevent dry conditions. It lowers heating costs because moist air tends to feel warmer, so there’s a good chance you can lower the thermostat setting. These units fill themselves from the house’s water supply so, except for an occasional cleaning, they are maintenance free. Here’s a link to compare the DIY and Contractor Cost to Install a furnace humidifier http://www.diyornot.com/Project.aspx?ndx2=6&Rcd=96
3. Change old light bulbs to LED (light emitting diode) bulbs and save up to 80% a year in energy costs, that’s according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Choose Energy Star© products but you don’t have to make the swap all at one time. Instead budget the transition to energy-efficient lights over a period of time and you’ll enjoy a gradual drop in your lighting energy bill.
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