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Saving Energy Room By Room: The Basement

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LED bulbs use up to 80 percent less energy than standard incandescents and last much longer.
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Insulation reduces energy costs and makes for a comfortable living space. A variety of insulation types are available. Fiberglass batt insulation is a good choice for unfinished basements, while blow-in products can be used to add insulation to a finished space.
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Air can escape through gaps and cracks in the rim joists and where the wall meets the ceiling, as well as through plumbing and wiring holes on outside walls. Caulk is best for sealing small holes or cracks up to 1/4 inch. Use spray foam insulation to fill larger gaps.
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If you have older single-pane windows in your basement, it's likely they're reducing comfort and increasing your energy bills. Install glass block or ENERGY STAR certified high-performance windows.
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Your older dehumidifier may be soaking you with higher energy costs. ENERGY STAR units remove the same amount of moisture and use 15 percent less energy than standard models.
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If you have a crawlspace, make sure it's properly sealed and insulated. See Basement and Crawlspace Air Sealing and Insulating from the U.S. Department of Energy for more information.
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