I was kind of freaked about natural gas prices since I got two notices
from Alliant Energy that they were hiking prices. I read some tips on
the DOE website about how to weather proof and save heat this winter.
I did a few things and spent about $2500. I got my first two natuaral
gas bill and was pleasantly surprised when I comared to my last years
gas bill. I saved 20% this month and last month. This is what I did.
90% efficient powervent furnace installed = $2000
I put a Chimney Balloon in my fireplace flue = $50
I calked my old style single pane windows = $5
I blew in another 12" of celulose attic insulation = $250
I foamed around my door jams with Great stuff. = $10
The time and money I sent on this stuff is minimal compared to a 20%
savings. I am thrilled!
Excellent! Now with the money you save, put it into additional energy
saving things over the next 5 or so years. Energy Star double pane windows,
Energy Star appliances, etc.
Over time, you will see your cost of living going down rather than up.
"DIYman" wrote in message
On Thu, 01 Dec 2005 19:03:45 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (DIYman) wrote:
Two other steps I might suggest;
1. A programmable thermostat ( about $30 )
I have ours set to drop temp to 62 from 10 pm to 6am.
2. Inexpensive shrink-wrap kits for some of your windows.
The DO work.
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