Tips for increasing a home's energy efficiency, which can cut fuel bills By The Associated Press

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2000

The Washington-based Alliance to Save Energy suggests that increasing the energy efficiency of your home can produce three benefits at once -- cut costs, reduce air pollution and increase home comfort. Here are some of the alliance's ideas:

-- Get a professional ''tuneup'' for your furnace every year. Clean air filters once a month.

-- When replacing appliances, including heating and air conditioning units, make sure the new products are energy efficient.

-- Consider adding insulation in attics or above ceilings. Make sure air ducts are insulated, too.

-- Seal leaks around windows and doors with weather stripping or caulking.

-- Consider buying a ''programmable'' thermostat, which can be set to automatically reduce temperatures by night and raise them by day.

-- Get some help from the sun -- keep blinds open by day, close them at night.

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