This time of year you can get a chill down your spine…and it has nothing to do with the cool autumn winds. It has more to do with wondering if you will be able to afford to heat your home this winter and still be able to eat. The good news is that there are ways to cut energy bills, and you might even get paid to do it.

The government, as part of the stimulus plan, is helping homeowners make their home more energy efficient. They are offering a tax credit of up to $1500 when you replace your doors and window with more energy efficient models. In addition to the federal government, some state governments are giving other incentives for commercial businesses and residents to make their own electricity with wind power. This of course involves the installation of a Wind Turbine Kit on your property. Don’t worry! We aren’t talking about a 60′ turbine. What we are talking about is a home wind power kit that tied in with the other points below can save you a bunch of money.

Most of the heat loss in a home comes from leaky, poorly sealed, and old windows and doors. Technology has made significant advancements in the energy efficiency of windows and doors so if yours are more than 10 years old it’s probably time for an upgrade.

I know that with the economy in the shape it’s in not everyone can afford the expense of buying new windows and doors, tax credit or no tax credit. The good news is that there are other ways you can stop all your hot air from leaking out of your old windows.

Many companies make window kits. These kits are essentially a plastic sheet you can put over your existing windows to add another layer and prevent heat loss. They are inexpensive to buy and easy to use.

While they’re not as good as a brand new window, it will help you lower your electricity bills this winter.

So if you want to take advantage of the tax credit and buy new windows, or if you have to start a little smaller, there are ways that you can cut energy bills this winter. Get started now on these and other ways of saving some money, and still keeping warm, this winter.

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