Tuesday, August 30, 2005

If Your Home Utility Bill Is Zero, Is It Still a Bill?

A friend asked me a while ago what I was doing about the rising cost of gasoline. I'll write about gasoline after a while, but first wanted to share this practical piece from the New York Times about saving on home utility costs. (If you're not a Times user, you may need to register. No cost, last time I checked.)

Quick fixes recommended in the Times sidebar:
. Consider buying a water heater wrap (about $10) to keep heat from escaping, or a programmable thermostat (about $25) ... to save energy at certain hours.

. Replace most incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent ones (about $3 each).

. Seal every hole and crack in your home.

. Plant a tree in front of the western windows of your home.

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