Cost of Heat Inspires Energy-Related Improvements

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The high cost of natural gas and other forms of heating fuel has inspired about one-quarter of American homeowners to make improvements that will increase their homes’ energy efficiency within five years, according to a study by Owens Corning.

April 01, 2001

The high cost of natural gas and other forms of heating fuel has inspired about one-quarter of American homeowners to make improvements that will increase their homes’ energy efficiency within five years, according to a study by Owens Corning. Another 37 percent are considering such improvements. Sixty percent of homeowners say their bills have increased this year.

Of those planning improvements, nearly two-thirds cited a need to save money as their motive; 47 percent said an increase in resale value was a factor.

The most frequently mentioned improvements were:

 

 

  • Caulking/sealing (41 percent)
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  • Installing more energy-efficient windows (39 percent)
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  • Replacing heating systems with a more energy-efficient version (27 percent)
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  • Replacing hot water heater with a more energy-efficient version (25 percent)
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  • Replacing refrigerator with a more energy-efficient version (24 percent)
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  • Replacing cooling systems with a more energy-efficient version (21 percent)
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  • Installing additional attic insulation (20 percent)
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  • Installing programmable thermostat (17 percent)
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  • Installing compact fluorescent lights (17 percent)
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  • Installing low-flow shower heads (14 percent)
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  • Other (3 percent).
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