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Turn Your House Into an Energy Star

Turn Your House Into an Energy Star
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Chose the Marvin Ultimate series: aluminum-clad exterior with wood interior, thermal-pane glass with low-E coating.
3. Lighting and Appliances

[What you can do]

Install compact fluorescent lightbulbs, which use 75 percent less energy than comparable incandescent bulbs. (They also generate less heat, so you can reduce air-conditioning costs.)

[What our featured homeowners did]

Used energy-efficient fixtures where appropriate inside the house and bought an Energy Star-rated clothes dryer, refrigerator, and dishwasher.

4. Tight Construction and Ducts

[What you can do]

Prevent outside air from leaking into your house. Seal drafts: Weatherstrip doors, caulk leaky windows, use electrical outlet protectors (like the ones for baby proofing), fill gaps around vent pipes with expanding spray foam insulation, insulate the gap between sill plate and foundation with caulk or foam.

[What our featured homeowners did]

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