House leaking cashBy Lori Bongiorno
Think it's impossible to lower your power bill? After all, some environmentalists are abandoning their fridges so they can reduce their electricity use and impact on the environment.
But you don't have to take such drastic measures to save energy and money at home. A few simple home improvement projects (that you can do yourself) can make a noticeable difference in your monthly energy bills.
For those who are concerned about the health of the planet, increasing your home's energy efficiency is an important way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Here are some ideas if you're willing to invest a little time (and maybe a little money) up front for savings down the line:
Seal air leaks. The cumulative gaps around the windows and doors in an average American house are the equivalent of a three-by-three foot hole in the wall, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Use caulk, spray foam, and/or weatherstripping to stop the air