Spending money to save even more money is usually a lead-pipe cinch: that's an expression my generation used before there was such a thing as a "no-brainer." When it comes to investing in home improvements designed to save on utility costs, while the payoff for installing things like solar panels or new energy efficient windows may indeed be worth it in the long run, the upfront investment can be chilling.
Before shelling out big bucks to upgrade your home's energy efficiency, there are lots of inexpensive or even FREE things you can do to figure out where you're wasting resources around the house - as you'll see in the latest episode of my weekly web show "The Cheap Life." Even something as simple as a couple of sticks of incense can show you how your hard-earned money is literally going up in smoke. And once you've detected how your house is leaking money, the fixes often cost next to nothing and can amount to significant savings.