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Lou Manfredini, "Ace Hardware’s Helpful Hardware Man," Answers Heating Questions

Ask an Expert: Cheap and Easy Home Winterizing (Part One)

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!


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amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 8 years
We just moved in and have been working on different ways to make our house more energy efficient. The windows in all the bedrooms have been replaced while we use storm windows on the rest of the house. Our big purchase was having our fireplace and chimney rebuilt. I hope we are ready for winter this year.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
I couldn't agree more with getting a HE unit. Make sure you also get decent insulation in your home too, and have decent windows.
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