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Air Seal and Insulate Your Basement

Cool air sinks, so the foundation walls are where cold air will try hardest to enter your home. This is what causes the basement to be the coldest part of most people’s homes. Make sure you only air seal and insulate around the walls, where cold outside air comes in, and not the basement ceiling.

Nicor Boiler Rebate

Nicor has just announced a special limited time rebate for its customers who purchase a qualifying boiler between January 1, 2012 and March 31, 2012.  This is a great opportunity, especially for anyone who has been considering a boiler purchase but has been putting it off due to the cost.  If you are replacing your old boiler because it failed, ask your contractor about this and any other available rebates.  Don't let our mild start to winter confuse you, cold weather is coming and a more efficient boiler can reduce your energy costs.

Replacing Your Furnace or Boiler

Replacing mechanical equipment is generally cost-effective only when your old equipment is in poor condition. Before you replace this expensive piece of equipment, think about other, cheaper ways to make your home more energy efficient like air sealing and insulation.

Federal Tax Credits for Home Energy Efficiency Renewed!

Some of the most popular federal income tax credits for home energy efficiency improvements have been renewed for 2011. While the new credits are smaller than the 2010 credits, they still provide a great incentive for homeowners to make needed upgrades.

The 2011 tax credits return 10% of the cost of certain heating, cooling, and building envelope improvements, up to $ 500, with these exceptions: