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Just because we’ve had record high temperatures in the past several years and general worrisome warming trend doesn’t mean that winters are going to get any easier in the Northeast. Now that cold weather is upon us, get your home buttoned up and ready for it with our expert hands-on game plan, which will not only make your home more comfortable and energy efficient, but save you some money while you’re at it. From big changes that will knock hundreds of dollars off your energy bill to smaller ones that need just a bit of elbow grease and a few materials from your local hardware store, we’ll show you what you need to get the job done! So no matter if you rent or own your house, check out these 7 handy tips that we promise will make a real difference in keeping you warm and your energy bill manageable this winter.

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  1. deannarjones February 24, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    These seem like really good ways to make my home more energy efficient during the winter. I could use all of the tips I could get, because I usually use a lot of energy just to heat my home. It seems as though I should take Tip #4 really seriously. I’ve never taken a look into how efficient the insulation in my house really is. It seems like a good idea for me to look for any insulation gaps in my home and have them filled in.

  2. gparizeau321 January 28, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I had never heard of an energy audit before, but that sounds like exactly what I need. For some time I have suspected that our energy bills are higher than they should be, but I didn’t know what could be the cause. Considering all of the possible ways that our house could be energy inefficient, I didn’t know what to do. If we could use one of these audits to pinpoint the problem that would be ideal.

    Gaston Parizeau | http://www.randkaz.com

  3. linda walker October 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    It is important to have a professional BPI certified to conduct an energy audit.Getting properly prepared to perform energy audits is important.

    http://www.betterbuilders.com

  4. aperkins01096 October 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    An infrared camera is great instantaneous feedback on the less insulated areas of your home, but they are out of reach for most people’s budgets. You can make your own heatmap using the infrared thermometer and an excel spreadsheet. Not as pretty, but it shows where you need to insulate. See http://www.squidoo.com/DIY-thermal-heatmap for more a quick and dirty explanation.

  5. Alyssa Alimurung October 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I never thought about getting an energy audit. Seems like a great first step!

  6. Diane Pham October 17, 2012 at 10:09 am

    really, didn’t know about the importance of furnace maintenance. definitely going to have my parents’ system tuned up the next time i head home.

  7. Mark Boyer October 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Had no idea that recessed lighting is a source of heat loss. Good to know!

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