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Facts on Energy-Saving Myths

There are some myths running around out there that need to be clarified
with some reasons why they are just that ….  Myths!

Myth 1 – Replacing windows is a good investment.

New windows will take 20 to 30 years to pay for themselves. Replacing
single-pane windows with double-pane low-e windows will save energy and money.
In a house with 20 windows, you will save $17 per window in energy cost each
year. It will take you almost 24 years to recoup the cost of windows that cost
$400.00 each. A more economical option: storm windows, starting at around $30,
you can install them over your existing single pane windows in about 30 minutes
per window.

Myth 2 – Exterior caulking is the best way to seal leaks

Done correctly, exterior caulking keeps out water. But if you want to make
you house more energy efficient, work inside, not outside. Adding more insulation
should seal most attic air leaks. On inside exterior walls remove the covers of
outlets and switches and caulk or spray expanding foam in the gaps around the
electrical boxes. Add a foam gasket before replacing the cover plate to reduce
drafts through the box.

Myth 3 – Closing registers saves energy

Most heating duct systems have so many leaks that closing a register won’t force
more warm air into other rooms…. it will force more air out of the leaks.

In addition, forced air heating systems are designed to operate with all of the
registers open. The fixed speed blower won’t perform as well with registers
closed and can create a whistling in the ducts.

If in the winter you want to close off a portion of your house, like the upstairs,
talk to a rep from your furnace/heating company to rebalance your registers. Of
course you will have to call them back out in the spring to re-balance them to
include the upstairs.

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  1. Dianne Says:

    These are some great tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    I wanted to let you know that you’ve been selected as a recipient of the Lemonade Award!

    Diannes last blog post..I Won The Lemonade Award!

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Dianne … You are welcome and Thank YOU!

  3. Heath Says:

    I never would have guessed that on the windows. Good info.

    Also, off topic here, but my dad and 3 other guys from Greensburg are going to China. The US and Chinese government are going to cooperate on rebuilding in a sustainable way.

    Heaths last blog post..Local leaders head to a devastated sister city in China

  4. Diane Scott Says:

    Great tip about dual pane windows! I love the math, and it seems much easier to do storm windows (not to mention cost effective). I truly never would have guessed the recouping time would be so long!

    Diane Scotts last blog post..Finally Truth Will Out The Skinny On Page Rank

  5. Linda Says:

    Hi Heath … That is great news! Congrats to your Dad and we wish him luck in his new venture!

    Hi Diane … I was also surprised at the math but with this new economy, I see storm windows in my future!

  6. Barbara Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Another Great post! Just to let you know you’ve been nominated by me to receive the Lemonade Award too!

    Barbaras last blog post..Lemonade Award

  7. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … Thank you for the nomination!

  8. Solar Cooking Says:

    Some great tips there Linda. Storm windows – what a great idea as opposed to costly double glazing.

    I’m currently offering an energy monitor to my readers which helps establish how much energy appliances use.

    That should help to reduce unnecessarily high energy bills.

    Hope you’re well.


    Solar Cookings last blog post..Only 3% of the Earth’s Water is Drinkable… Why?

  9. Linda Says:

    Hi Sol … Storm windows is the way to go for now and your energy monitor is a good tool to have.

  10. wilson Says:

    Linda, thanks for the three simple but awesome tips, I’ll tell my friends and colleagues about it.

    wilsons last blog post..The Secrets of Acai Berry is Waiting For You to Reveal it!

  11. Linda Says:

    Hi Wilson … glad to hear that! It will work!

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