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Energy Cost Reduction

The National Association of Home Builders' Research Center and Rebuilding Together have a demonstration project near Annaplis, Maryland designed to show how anyone can cut energy costs by 20 percent a year.

Patty Johnson, president of Rebuilding Together, indicates that low-income homeowners spend as much as 50 percent of their income on housing rose 36 percent during the past decade.

This is a list of some of the things that can be done to improve energy efficiency:

  1. Insualte areas near exterior penetrations -- electrical service, plumbing lines, telephone/televison cables, ductwork for vents and fans, and the flue pipe into the chimney.
  2. Insulate areas near penetraions to attic or basement, electrical wiring and fixtures, and plumbing supply and waste linies.
  3. Calk the sill plate around the perimeter of the house from the exterior, it it is accessible.
  4. Weather-strip/insulate your attic access panel.  Install gaskets beneathy receptacle and switch-cover plates.  Insulating an Unfinished Attic



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