6. Don't Fall for Sales Pitches!

One of the reason's for the failure of President Carter's attempts to reduce our addiction to oil had to do with the 'snake-oil' sales pitches that came with the various tax credits. There are still many 'snake-oil' programs out there. Here are a few examples:

  • Replacing your existing windows may result in more efficient units than the use of the existing ones but the net savings tend to be small. Have you thought about drapes? Storm windows?
  • "Energy efficient" air conditioning systems may use less energy than older models but they still use a lot of energy. Have you thought about some alternative ways to cool your home?
  • A new energy "efficient furnace" may save you some money over that of your 15 year old unit but duct and furnace cleaning and service might save you even more.