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Did you know that a literally breathtaking 90% of all cancer risks associated with air pollution originate from human transportation? Or that bumper-to-bumper traffic makes the air inside your car 10 times as polluted as ordinary city air? To illustrate… […]

Home Energy Savings - Windows and Doors

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Part 6
Windows and Doors

Windows can be one of your home’s most attractive features. Windows provide views, daylighting, ventilation, and solar heating in the winter. Unfortunately, they can also account for 10% to 25% of your heating bill. During the summer, sunny windows make your air conditioner work two to three times harder. If you live in the Sun Belt, look into
new solar control spectrally selective windows, which can Check Out The Rest of “Home Energy Savings – Windows and Doors” →

Home Energy Savings - 10 Tips To More Efficient Water Heating

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Here are 10 great tips on how to make your water heating system(s) more efficient.
Part 5
Water Heating

Water heating is the third largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for about 18% of your utility bill. There are four ways to cut your water heating bills:  Use less hot water,  turn down the thermostat on your water heater,   insulate your water heater,  or buy a new, more efficient water heater.

A family of four, each showering for 5 minutes a day, uses 700 gallons of water a week; this is enough for a 3-year supply of drinking water for one person. You can cut that amount in half simply by Check Out The Rest of “Home Energy Savings – 10 Tips To More Efficient Water Heating” →

Home Energy Savings - 8 Rules For Finding A Contractor

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Part 3

Finding a Contractor

Finding a quality contractor is one of the hardest parts of any home construction endeavor. If you are experienced in construction, (someone who does it for a living and not a weekend warrior) that is great, and you can probably do much of the work yourself. If your not experienced it is worth the money to consult a professional to do any work you may have. When selecting a contractor use the tips below , but also meet with your top choices a few times and make sure that your personalities don’t clash too much. Remember your going to have to work with each other and depending on the work at hand this could last for up to several weeks. So chose wisely.

Tips for Finding a Contractor

1.-  Ask neighbors and friends for recommendations
2.-  Look in the Yellow Pages
3.-  Focus on local companies
4.-  Look for licensed, insured contractors
5.-  Get three bids with details in writing
6.-  Ask about previous experience
7.-  Check references
8.-  Check with the Better Business Bureau

Checking your home’s insulation is one of the Check Out The Rest of “Home Energy Savings – 8 Rules For Finding A Contractor” →

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