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John F. O'Hara
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Energy-Efficient Upgrades that Pay Back

April 29, 2015 2:09 am

(Family Features) Homeowners today are seeking upgrades that not only look great, but save money. Energy-efficiency improvements are a smart investment toward curbing energy use, cutting energy bills, and increasing the value of a home.

To take the guesswork out of choosing the most cost-effective upgrades, the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) ranked the top energy-efficient improvements. Here are some of the projects that will give a homeowner the most bang for their buck.

1. Sealing windows and doors consistently has the best payback for homeowners in all regions of the U.S. Proper air-sealing can reduce air infiltration by 30 percent, and has a payback within one to four years. Sealing leaks can also reduce noise pollution and prevent pollen or dust from entering the home.

2. Replacing windows and lighting with more energy-efficient options can significantly reduce energy bills and emissions. Swapping incandescent bulbs with high-efficacy fluorescent bulbs can substantially reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions, and the switch could pay for itself in less than a year.

3. Space heating and cooling accounts for the greatest energy use in the house. In many parts of the country, replacing a furnace or boiler with a high-efficiency model can pay for itself within the first year. Additionally, a dual-fuel system, like using a high-efficiency air-source heat pump in tandem with a high-efficiency propane furnace, offers big energy and emissions savings -- up to as much as three metric tons each year.

4. Water heating is typically the second largest energy consumer in the house. Upgrading a system, especially switching from an electric model to a propane-fueled, condensing tank-less system, can save up to 50 percent and significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, new U.S. Department of Energy regulations now in effect mean that older water heaters between eight and 12 years of age need to be updated to meet new efficiency standards.

Source: PERC

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4 Green Car Maintenance Tips

April 28, 2015 2:03 am

Considering adopting a greener lifestyle? Look no further than your vehicle.

"Being car care aware and performing basic vehicle maintenance go a long way toward protecting the environment and improving fuel economy," says Rich White of the Car Care Council.

Drivers can help protect the environment, and save money in long run, by following these four simple steps.

1. Follow a vehicle service schedule including steps like checking engine performance, keeping tires properly inflated, replacing air filters regularly, changing oil regularly and checking your gas cap. Routine maintenance helps reduce emissions and fuel consumption, saving money at the pump.

2. Keep your current vehicle longer and limit the number of new cars you buy over the course of a lifetime. Extending vehicle life is as simple as taking care of your vehicle properly. You'll gain years of reliable service without monthly car payments and higher insurance rates.

3. Recycle or properly dispose of motor oil, tires, batteries, fluids and other vehicle components to help protect the planet when performing vehicle maintenance or repairs.

4. Repower your engine when faced with serious engine trouble. A remanufactured/rebuilt engine can give your vehicle new life and make it more fuel efficient for about the cost of an average down payment on a new car.

Source: Car Care Council

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