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Save on Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits

Photo: Jason Smith / istock related articles By Dan Shapley Saving energy at home is one of the most important things you can do for the environment. Since half the electricity in the U.S. is from coal-fired power plants and most heating fuel is oil and natural gas, saving energy means stopping the burning of fossil fuels. It's no surprise then that about one-third of U.S. carbon emissions originates in our homes. For many homeowners, energy efficiency retrofits will pay for themselves in just a few years, as lower energy bills offset the cost of upgrades. This is particularly the case with upgrading lighting, sealing ducts and the building envelope, installing more insulation and improving the efficiency of heating and cooling systems. Some older homes can save 10%-30% on energy bills. (See energysavers.gov for more home improvement ideas.) Some of these improvements can ...

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