Got Chills? Cheap, Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home and Save Money


Zoned Heating

The Activent Temperature-Controlled Vent Register allows you, with the use of a wireless thermostat, to control which rooms in your house to keep warm.

The Activent is easy to install, and it's affordable (about $50 a vent). Like a fireplace, you can choose which rooms of your house to keep warm. If you know you're going to be in the bedroom, use your Activent to turn down the heat in the other rooms! This product can save you money on your utility bills.

Replace that Old Furnace

Guess what? It's time to get rid of your old furnace.

As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. You may want to consider replacing your equipment if it's more than 20 years old or if its efficiency rating is particularly low in the 50 to 70 percent range. Many modern conventional heating systems can get efficiencies in the 90 percent range.

Of course, this is a significant investment -- $3,000 to $10,000 depending on the system you install -- but you could see a marked improvement on energy bills. Plus, boilers and furnaces with the highest energy-efficiency ratings may also qualify for the 30 percent tax credit of up to $1,500.

Find out more at Your local utility may also offer rebates on certain high-efficiency equipment so check with them at that website we mentioned.

Other Ways to Save By Upgrading Your Furnace

Federal energy efficient tax credit can save you up to 30 percent -- up to $1,500 - for qualifying high-efficiency heating equipment. Visit

Cash for appliances rebates. Money is still left in some states from an existing federal appliance rebate program. You can get extra cash back in certain states for energy efficient appliances, including heating equipment.

Go to and click on the map to find out if rebates are left in your state and what qualifies.

Utility rebates. Your local utility may offer rebates on new efficient heating and cooling equipment, so check with them or go to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.

Manufacturer/retailer rebates. Heating equipment makers are offering good deals right now, such as up to $1,300 cash back on certain products. Check with dealers.

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