Home Improvement Resolution #1
Investigate ways to make your home more energy efficient. Many home improvement projects can pay dividends and save energy. For example, in 2010, U.S. tax credits abound for energy-efficient upgrades like windows, doors, insulation, water heaters, roofing and certain appliances.
Home Improvement Resolution #2
Check old paint for lead. Home built decades ago? American homes built before 1978 may include paint containing lead. Lead poisoning can pose a health threat, especially to young children. Contact your local health department for advice on lead paint removal or visit www.epa.gov/oppt/lead/pubs/leadinfo.htm.
Home Improvement Resolution #3
Install a programmable thermostat. Did you know that old thermostats are the westest links in conserving energy? The Entergy Information Administration estimates that fewer than 20% of U.S Homes are equipped with a programmable thermostat. You can receive one to three months of free heating or cooling by just having a programmable thermostat installed.
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