The Top 10 Tips for Saving Money at Home

Updated: Mar. 10, 2024

Our best projects, hints and tips for budget-conscious homeowners.

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Air Leak Testing & Sealing

Follow these surprisingly easy tips and techniques for sealing air leaks in your home and save big money on your heating and cooling bills.

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How to Save Energy and Cut Cooling Costs

How to Save Energy and Cut Cooling Costs

Keep cool and save money on air conditioning too. Here are the ten best ways to cut costs and improve your AC system.

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How to Seal Attic Air Leaks

Small air leaks into uninsulated attic space are a major source of heat loss in many homes. Here’s how to locate the leak spots and plug them without spending a lot of money. Learn how to seal attic air leaks.

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Save Money with a High-Tech Thermostat

Save Money with a High-Tech Thermostat

If you want to save money by setting back your thermostat at night, use a two-stage thermostat on a two-stage furnace. Learn how to save money with a high-tech thermostat.

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Home Theft Protection: Secure Your Garage

Most garage burglaries can be prevented by taking a few simple steps to secure and reinforce service doors, overhead doors and windows. All the strategies in this article are fast and cheap, and will really enhance your security. Learn how to secure your garage.

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Save Money by Insulating Crawl Space Ducts

Leaky, uninsulated ducts in crawlspaces and attics waste huge amounts of energy and money. Use duct wrap insulation for a quick fix with a big, immediate payoff. Learn how to insulate crawl space ducts.

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Save Energy by Closing Heat Registers

It seems like a waste to heat unused rooms, but closing heat registers may actually increase heating costs, especially with newer systems. Closing heating vents in unused rooms can leave stagnant air and be overall less efficient. Learn how to save energy by closing heat registers.

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Insulating Walls

Get the most energy efficiency from your insulation by filling all gaps, avoiding compression, sealing holes in framing and other expert tips. Learn all about insulating walls.

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How to Install Fiberglass Batt Insulation

Fiberglass batts are the cheapest, easiest way to insulate new walls. However, they’re often installed poorly — and even small gaps can reduce efficiency as much as 25 percent. In this article, we’ll show you how to avoid those mistakes, how to cut and fit fiberglass batts and how to work around electrical outlets and cables. Learn how to install fiberglass batt insulation.

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Should You Replace Your Refrigerator, Heating System and Water Heater?

Should You Replace Your Refrigerator, Heating System and Water Heater?

Does it pay to replace an old but still working appliance with a new, more efficient model? Learn how to calculate the real costs over the life of the appliance.

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