The economic stimulus bill offers aid to homeowners in the form of tax credits for energy-efficient upgrades and to weatherize homes for low-income families.
"Caulk Is Cheap "
Caulk around hose bibs and at the electrical service entrance
Look carefully for any other holes or penetrations and plug them up
Use expandable foam for large holes or gaps
Add insulation to the attic - old insulation tends to settle - at least a foot
Install a water heater jacket
Add some pipe insulation and wrap the hot water pipe at least 4 feet
Apply water based mastic to hot air ducts at the joints
Install compact fluorescent bulbs
Repair dripping faucets
Planting deciduous trees on the south side of a house will provide shade and can lower the A/C needs in the summer by providing a shield from the sun.
Easy Green Ideas For The Home
Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, 6,953 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil, and 3 cubic yards of landfill space.
Paper takes up as much as 50% of all landfill space.
Up to 90% of recycled glass can be reused to make new glass items, such as bottles and jars.
Every glass bottle recycled saves enough energy for a 100 watt light bulb to be lit for 4 hours.
Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire commercial airline fleet every six months.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run your TV for 2 hours.
Thirty-six recycled bottles can make one square yard of carpet.
130 billion beverage containers are sent to US landfills each year.
Recycling a 1-gallon plastic milk jug will save enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for 11 hours.
Glass can be recycled forever. It never wears out.
In the United States, the amount of steel that is discarded and not recycled every year is enough to build all the new American-made cars