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I'm sure where you are temperatures have dropped and a lot of folks and they're gonna face some heating bills that are going to be pretty astronomical.
They are going up.
In today's take charge consumer protection segment we wanted to take a look at how you can keep warm this winner.
Without breaking the bank on heating bills and joining us now the spokesperson for the Alliance to Save Energy Ronny Weller -- running.
In morning Jamie howry and I'm great thank you a little chilly actually the temperatures certainly have dropped and everybody wants to save money so what's the best way.
To get the heating bill you can of.
The best way that we now -- the -- to save energy is to use energy efficiency.
To insulate yourself against rising -- -- excuse me rising energy costs.
The first thing that you want to do is make sure that your home is nice and sealed up.
There are a number of products that you can use things like.
Whether strip thing around the doors and windows -- -- air leaks.
On the phones Zealand's.
Things like that that looks -- though.
-- -- -- -- -- It can be very -- these are very much doing yourself kinds of things and those items.
Combined with the proper insulation for your climate can actually save you up to 20% on your heating and your cooling bills.
Year round so that's a really good investment because.
No matter how efficient your equipment is if your home is -- and the warmed air that you're paying -- to warm up is going to the outside you're just not ahead of the game right so that's really going on that one -- I have to ask you about this is a lot of tax credits that existed for people who bought equipment are going to expire.
Which ones are left and -- -- we take advantage of them could you can -- part of bill but maybe can also save on your taxes.
Absolutely that's a great point -- I'm glad you mentioned that.
Actually that the insulation and the sealing products themselves are eligible for a tax credit the full credit now is about.
10% of the cost of the items up to 500 dollars which is money right off the top of your tax bill.
Other things that are eligible right now in this is just through the end of the year.
And the equipment has to be bought and installed by midnight on December 31.
The other things that are eligible -- highly efficient heating and cooling equipment.
Energy efficient windows windows with the the Energy Star logo like this one I'm holding up.
That's on all sorts of electronics and other equipment for your home -- your refrigerator I've seen that sorry yes there's Energy Star label refrigerators absolutely they are not eligible for the tax credits however.
We have all the ASE dot org slash tax credits.
So you can get all the particulars there and you can save up to 500 dollars next year when you file your 2011 tax return.
500 dollars we'll take it.
All right -- thank you so much for being with us we really appreciated this take charge SaaS segment will hopefully save folks money as they try to stay warm this year thank you I hope so you're welcome thank you nice to have -- -- and.
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