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This page contains tips and advice for increasing and improving the energy efficiency of your home.

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Sliding glass doors.

Insulating Sliding Glass Doors Inexpensively?Sliding glass doors can be a large heat sink for your home unless they are well insulated. This is a page about insulating sliding glass doors inexpensively.

 

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Using Solar Lights For Indoor LightingUsing hanging solar lights and sun light through your windows, you can save electricity and keep your home lit all evening long. This is a page about using solar lights for indoor lighting.

 

Closet Rod for Hanging Blanket In Doorway - wooden rod in holder

Closet Rod for Hanging a Blanket to Keep the Cold OutIn older homes there is often less insulation than in more recently constructed ones. Windows and doors can be points of entry for cold air, lowing the inside temperature. Try this frugal tip using a closet rod for hanging a blanket to keep the cold out.

 

Hot water heater.

Insulating Your Hot Water HeaterWhen you add an insulating blanket to your water heater, you can save energy and money on your electricity or natural gas. This is a page about insulating your hot water heater.

 

Christmas Draft Stopper - draft stopper at base of door

Use a Pool Noodle and Socks to Make a Draft StopperThis is a page about using a pool noodle and socks to make a draft stopper. Make one of these quick and easy draft stopper to a fix drafty door in your home.

 

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Saving Energy on Swimming PoolsThis page is about saving energy on swimming pools. Evaporation is the largest cause of heat loss in swimming pools. There are ways to absorb more heat during the day and conserve heat at night.

 

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Making Your House More Energy EfficientThis page has tips and ideas for making your house more energy efficient. Energy leaks, inefficient appliances, and bad habits can cost you a lot of money over the course of a year.

 

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Collect Water While Shower Warms UpLast year, my family ran into the not-so-fun situation of running out of water in our well. Oh, the things we take for granted! But necessity is the mother of invention and it lead me to do the following to conserve water.

 

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Turn Off the Lights Kids (or it Will Cost You)Teach kids the value of turning off lights as they leave a room by implying to them that each time costs (for instance) $1. Explain to them that the lights cost money every month and if you have to turn the lights out for them, each time you do that, charge them $1.

 

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Recycled Draft BlockersTake two tubes from the inside of wrapping paper. Cut them to about 1/2 inch shorter than the door and stuff them with news paper or junk mail. Put them inside one leg that has been cut from of a pair of nylons. Make sure it fits properly before tying the end off.

 

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Vacuum Refrigerator CoilsIf you vacuum your refrigerator coils twice a year you will keep the compressor running efficiently.

 

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Energy Checklist For HomesThere are many features about a home that make a difference in the amount of energy needed for heating, cooling and lighting. Thus, these features can have a major impact on the amount of money you devote to maintaining the winter and summer comfort of occupants.

 

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Fix Dripping FaucetsBy fixing drippy faucets or a running toilet, you'll not only save on your water bill (if you have one) but you'll also save thousands of gallons of water.

 

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Turn Off Ventilation FansWhen finished with the ventilating fans in your bath and kitchen. Turn them off as they can blow out a house full of heated air if left on.

 

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Keep Yourself WarmWhenever possible, heat your body, not your house. Use an electric blanket, an electric mattress pad, or a heavy quilt when you're in bed; wear sweaters & warm socks when working or relaxing around the house. You'll be much warmer for less money. By Joesgirl

 

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Drafty Bedroom WindowI would like to get some tips on getting my 2 drafty bedroom windows. I put the plastic around them, and that doesn't work. It's still cold. Should I cover the whole wall with a blanket because it's making us catch colds also. This is a brick house so let me know please. Thanks -Linda from Indiana

 

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