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Weather the Storm

The front of your home feeling a bit drafty? Consider adding a storm door, which can boost your home's energy efficiency by 45 percent by keeping out drafts and reducing air leaks. And less warm air slipping out the door means more cash in your pocket.

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends metal-framed storm doors with foam insulation within their frames (wooden-framed types can require more maintenance) and low-emissivity (Low-E) glass or glaze. And storm doors aren't just for the front door — patio-door versions are available, too. Bonus: Depending on which type you choose, its installation could qualify for a federal energy efficient tax credit.

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