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    any weatherproofing. Insulation, weatherstripping, etc. Those things can save tons. And midwestern windows need to be replaced periodically, as I recall. Double or triple pane, low E windows also make a huge difference.

     An efficiency audit can be really useful. Finding drafts and areas where an older house has settled and where air leaks from/to the outside, or between areas that are closed off to lessen seasonal heat transfer is well worth the investment.

    And how old is your fridge, freezer, cooktop, etc? Anything more than a decade is considerably less efficient than something new, (and on sale at Sears, etc), and can have a pretty decent payback time.

    Do you have a south facing roof or side of the house where a sunroom could be added? Good for planting through the winter and solar gain can be routed into the house via fans.

    A heat pump, when the furnace needs replacing. A solar water heater does surprisingly well, even in the upper midwest. And they can be homebuilt, you don't have to buy the ready mades that are very nice, but spendy.

    Efficiency has a much better ROI than anything else, the low flow stuff is great and you might check with an ag supply company about a larger tank to store rainwater in.

    Hope your mom's doing well.

    Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
    ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

    by FarWestGirl on Tue May 21, 2013 at 07:22:52 PM PDT

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