5 ways to make your home more energy efficient

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV 11 is working for you by helping you make your house a leaner, meaner structure on the energy front and save money in the long term.

    Here are a few simple ways to make your home energy efficient from Yahoo! Homes.

    Project 1- Window replacement

    Generally, older windows are less energy efficient than newer ones, since they still tend to be single pane glass windows. The double-paned, newer window styles provide more of a barrier against the outdoor elements, and therefore, they seal the home up tighter.

    Project 2 - Heating installation under the floor

    Heat is dispersed across the floor in an even manner and more efficiently than from a radiator or vent that's in one corner of a room. The most cost effective heating system is one where heated water is pumped from the boiler and into tubing laid underneath the floor.

    Project 3 - HVAC repair/replacement

    If your HVAC system is older, it may be a well-worth investment to repair or replace it for better energy efficiency. Heating/cooling accounts for about half of your energy bill. If you can't afford to replace the whole thing, make sure it's working and check our air vents.

    Project 4 - Siding replacement

    Repair damages in your existing siding that could cause air leaks. But if your siding is beyond repair, getting new vinyl or stucco siding will allow you to add what's called a vapor barrier underneath that minimizes air flow to and from your home.

    Project 5 - Insulation

    Fiberglass insulation and spray foam insulation are two options, but while spray foam is more expensive, it's also denser and expands over a period of time making it the best option if you are willing to pay a little more.

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