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Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for You?
Tax Credits for Solar Water Heaters
  • Saves: $160/yr (hot water bill)
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Tax Credits for Storm Windows and Storm Doors
Tax Credits for Insulation
Tax Credits for Installing Biomass Stoves
  • Saves: $64-$255/yr (heating bills)
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Tax Credits for Non-Solar Water Heaters
  • Saves: $115/yr (off energy bills)
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Tax Credits for Replacing Your Roof
  • Saves: Up to $45/mo (cooling bills)
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Tax Credits for Replacing Heating and Cooling Systems
  • Saves: $200/yr (energy bills)
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Tax Credits for Replacing Windows and Doors
Understanding Energy Ratings for Windows and Doors
Appliance Buying Guide: Water Heaters
  • Saves: $300/yr (off energy bills)
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Save Money With a Fireplace Insert
  • Saves: $64-$255/yr (using zoned heating)
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Grilling Safety
A Solar Air Heater Can Save You $300 a Year or More
What Home Projects Should You Do Yourself?
Attic Air Leaks: How to Find and Seal Them
Adding Wall Insulation Has Lengthy Payback Period
  • Saves: $170 off heating/cooling
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Basement Insulation Lowers Energy Costs
Low-Flow Shower Head Features
Ultra Low-Flow Shower Heads: More with Less
  • Saves: $150 yr off water heating
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ATC Shower Valves and Low-Flow Shower Heads: Potential Problems
  • Saves: $150 yr off water heating
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Radiant Heat: 5 Hot Reasons to Love It
  • Saves: $256/yr off heat bill
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Geothermal Heat Pumps Tap Energy Just Below the Earth’s Surface
  • Saves: $607/yr (60% heat/cool cost/yr)
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Wood Stoves Burn Wood, Not Money
Saving Energy with a Wood-Burning Fireplace Insert
Attic Insulation Saves You Money
Heating and Cooling a Two-Story Addition
  • Saves: $200/yr. (energy costs)
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Sunroom Additions: Top Features
How to Prevent Ice Dams
  • Saves: $100-$600 off heating/cooling
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Garage Doors: A Guide to the Options
Guide to Energy-Efficient Window Coverings
Choosing an Exterior Door
States Offer Cash Rebates for Clunker Appliances
  • Saves: Up to $135/yr (energy bills)
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Tax Credits for Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Saves: $715/yr (utility bills)
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Air Conditioning Equipment: Repair or Replace?
  • Saves: $112/yr (30% of avg cooling co...
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Is Solar-thermal Hot Water for You?
  • Saves: $150/yr (50% avg hot water cost)
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Is Geothermal Home Heating for You?
  • Saves: $607/yr (60% heat/cool cost/yr)
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Spring Cleaning Guide
  • Saves: $4 (water/vinegar mix)
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Green Roofs: A Guide to the Options
  • Saves: $56/yr (cool roof)
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How to Protect Your Home From Severe Cold
  • Saves: $350/yr (seal leaks)
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Should You Convert from Oil to Gas Heating?
  • Saves: $625/yr (off heating oil cost)
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Heating Equipment: Repair or Replace?
  • Saves: $200/yr off avg utility bill
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Roofing: A Guide to the Options
  • Adds: $12,800-$21,100
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Roofing: Repair or Replace?
  • Adds: $12,800-$21,100
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8 Easy Ways to Seal Air Leaks Around the House
  • Saves: $350 on heating/cooling costs
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Save Money by Beefing Up Your Insulation
  • Saves: $100-$660 off heating/cooling
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Add a Wood Stove for Energy Efficiency
  • Saves: $64-$255/yr (using zoned heating)
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Green Siding Options
Radiant Heat: When to Consider
  • Saves: $256 off avg heating bill
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How to Buy a Dishwasher
  • Saves: Up to $40/yr (replace old unit)
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Siding: A Guide to the Options
Prioritize Tasks After an Energy Audit
  • Saves: $110-$660/yr
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Low-Flow Showerheads: How to Choose
  • Saves: $150/yr off water heating
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Is a Standby Generator Right for You?
10 Tips for Saving Energy in the Kitchen
  • Saves: Up to $123/yr
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How to Buy a Refrigerator
7 Tips for Saving Energy in the Laundry Room
  • Saves: Up to $280/yr
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How to Buy a Washer
  • Saves: $50-$135/yr (off utility bills)
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