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Initial post: Nov 25, 2010 6:23:22 AM PST
One of your biggest monthly bills is often your home heating bill or your air conditioning electrical bill. These huge bills can be dramatically reduced by taking a number of steps, some small and some large. I cover all these steps and how to do them in a book I wrote on how to heat your home for less, called "Keeping Warm in Hard Times, The Art of Saving on Home Heating Costs. Keeping Warm in Hard Times: The Art of Saving Money on Home Heating Costs
My book covers all the options and has a lot of ideas on how to reduce your heating costs. I have cut mine by over 75% and you probably can too. Most homes are so poorly designed energy wise, that huge energy savings are possible by doing some energy retrofitting. There are a number of basic small easy to do things that will cut some heating costs that anyone can do, and then there are bigger projects that while harder will make large reductions in your heating and cooling costs. For example, most people have enough basic skills that they could add insulation to their home as a do-it-yourself project. Adding insulation to an older home can reduce heating and cooling costs by 50% to 75% or more, depending on how much is added and how little there was to begin with. The purpose of my book is to explain the options that are available and talk you through the basic steps of installing them, so you can decide if you have the skills to do the job yourself or if you will need to hire a contractor to do the job.

For saving money I highly recommend that you consider ways of reducing your home energy costs, since any reductions will result in savings month after month and it is projected that in the future, energy costs will increase greatly, which will only make any improvements you make today, that much more important and valuable in the future.

My other recommendation would be to grow a garden, since the other area where prices are expected to rise sharply in the future, is food. I recommend the book "Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times" by Steve Solomon.
Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series)

If you noticed the similarity in titles, I liked Steve Solomon's book and his title, and tried to do for home heating, what he did for gardening.

Sincerely Yours; Wm Scott Anderson
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