Easy Energy Saving Home Improvements

Easy Energy Saving Home Improvements

 

Lighting

This is the quickest way to improve the amount of energy your home uses, it’s also the cheapest! Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) last longer than the standard ones and can save you $30 over its lifetime. You can also look into LED products that will use even less energy.

 

If you are planning on changing your light fixtures, look for ones that are Energy Star qualified.

 

Appliances

When it is time to replace that old appliance, look for Energy Star models that will tell you how much you will save in energy costs per year. They average around a $34 savings yearly.

 

Windows and Doors

If you’re on a budget, this change can be as simple as putting plastic sheeting over window frames to keep the heat in. You can also add storm doors to increase heating loss.

Replacing windows with newer models with high-performance glass can cut your heating and cooling costs up to 12%, but will definitely cost you more money initially.

 

Heating and Cooling (HVAC)

This improvement can be a simple as replacing and cleaning old air filters regularly. A small change like that can decrease your bill by up to 5%, so it’s well worth your while. If your home has a programmable thermostat and you aren’t home during the day, lower the setting 10 degrees and you could save as much as 10% per year!

 

There are many other ways you can save on energy in your home including new insulation or a water heater. Do your research before you buy and you’ll be sure to save in the long term.

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