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6 Home Projects That Save Energy and Money


The average American homeowner pays about $2,300 a year in utility bills, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Almost half of the energy we use goes to heat and cool our homes, and more than one-third goes to keeping the lights on and running our appliances and electronics.

The six projects featured here will help trim the bills, and three of them qualify for the generous renewable-energy federal tax credit if they're completed before year-end 2016.

The cost, savings and payback period will vary depending on your climate, your home (its size, age, construction and condition) and the type of fuel you use. To help decide which projects are right for your home, consider getting an energy audit.

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