Measures that Pay-off within 2-5 Years

  1. Increase attic insulation to R-38 (the current requirement for new homes).
  2. Insulate floors over unheated spaces to R-19.
  3. Insulate and seal ducts in attics, crawl spaces, garages and other unheated areas-potential big energy savings!!
  4. Install do-it-yourself storm windows that cost less than $3/sq.ft. such as rigid acrylic glazing.
  5. Perform low-cost fireplace modifications, such as flue top damper or inexpensive glass doors.

Source Material: Washington State University Cooperative Extension Energy Program at the NW Energy Efficiency Alliance. January 2003