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Money-Saving Home Improvements for Fall From The Money Pit


October 4, 2012 - NEW YORK, NY

As autumn leaves begin falling, home energy bills are about to rise. "October is Energy Awareness Month, the perfect time to strategize for a more efficient winter at home," says Tom Kraeutler, home improvement expert and syndicated radio show host of The Money Pit. "With smarter lighting, water-saving gadgets, power-saving appliances and minor home improvements, you could save money and also help the environment."

Kraeutler and co-host Leslie Segrete recommend five ways to a more efficient, safe and comfortable home.

Fast, professional sealing
"Home sealing is key to energy efficiency, and the new DAP 3.0 line provides professional results with an easy-to-apply formula," says Segrete. "Unlike stringy, opaque silicone sealants, low-odor DAP 3.0 dries to a crystal-clear finish that's paintable and water resistant in 30 minutes." To check out DAP 3.0 formulas for sealing kitchens and baths, concrete and masonry, and around windows, doors, trim and siding, visit http://www.dap.com/3point0.

Convert to dual-flush efficiency
"Improving a water-wasting toilet can help you conserve water and money," says Kraeutler. "Fluidmaster's innovative Duo Flush System converts any toilet into a high-efficiency dual-flush model, providing up to 50 percent water savings with every flush." The Duo Flush System takes just 20 minutes to install, and makes saving water easy -- just lift the handle up for a half flush and push it down for a full flush. It's available through home improvement centers and online retailers. Learn more at http://www.fluidmaster.com.

Safely sanitize natural stone
"Natural stone requires a special product to disinfect without harming the surface," says Segrete. "DuPont's Sanitizer for Sealed Natural Stone kills 99.9 percent of bacteria, including E. coli, staph and salmonella." Simply spray DuPont Sanitizer on cleaned natural stone surfaces, allowing to work for one minute before air- or towel-drying. DuPont Sanitizer for Sealed Natural Stone can be used on granite countertops, tile floors and more. Shop for it at Wal-Mart and find out more at http://www.dupont.com/stonecare.

Outage-proof garage access
"Be prepared for seasonal power outages with Chamberlain's Battery Backup Garage Door Opener enabled by MyQ Technology," advises Kraeutler. "It keeps your garage door operating while home power is off, providing 20 additional ups and downs in the first 24 hours." Chamberlain's MyQ Technology also allows the garage door opener to send commands to other devices like indoor and outdoor lights. The Battery Backup Garage Door Opener can be purchased through major home improvement retailers and at http://www.chamberlain.com.

Smart lighting sensors
"If your family tends to leave lights on in empty rooms, save energy and add convenience with easy-to-install Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensors," says Segrete. "You'll save up to $25 in energy costs for every light switch you convert." Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensors feature reliable auto light detect sensing technology and work with all light bulb types. A full selection of Lutron Maestro Occupancy Sensors is available at The Home Depot and http://www.homedepot.com.

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