Recently, I asked Lou Manfredini (better known as "Ace Hardware’s Helpful Hardware Man") for some tips on keeping your homes cozy and efficient during the Winter months. Check out his answers!
CasaSugar: If a homeowner has the money to make a major change in their home, what change would make the most sense, in an energy efficiency sense?
Lou: If you have money to invest in your home, upgrading your HVAC system to a high efficiency unit and installing a tankless water heater will give you a great bang for the buck — they can help reduce your total energy consumption by up to 30 percent combined. Purchasing and installing a new furnace will cost you between $6,000 and $8,000, while purchasing and installing a tankless unit will cost around $3,500.
To find out another of Lou's tips for heating your home,
CasaSugar: By contrast, what is the cheapest, most effective change homeowners can make to cut energy costs?
Lou: The cheapest and most effective way to cut energy costs is to install weather-stripping around your doors and windows. Weather-stripping can cost as little as $25 and can boost the energy efficiency of those drafty openings by up to 70 percent. It can be completed in a short amount of time and is as easy as applying tape to the frame of the window or door.
Check back tomorrow for the rest of Lou's tips!