Many homeowners would love to invest in making their property more energy-efficient.
Going green can save you a lot of money over time and is great for the environment,
but the up-front costs can be significant. Fortunately, there are some energy-efficient
changes you can make to your home without draining too much of your bank account.
Seal air leaks: As much as 20 percent of the energy used to regulate temperature in a
home can be lost to air leaks. You can seal doors and windows with weather stripping
and the project will usually cost less than $200.
Smart thermostats: Older thermostats are usually inefficient because they only have
a few settings. A smart thermostat like Nest can be programmed to reduce heating/cooling
when you’re not at home or during the hours when you’re asleep. The energy savings
you will see usually equal the cost of the thermostat after a year or two.
Change your light bulbs: LED light bulbs are expensive, but require just a small
percentage of the energy incandescent bulbs require. A cheap incandescent bulb uses
about $15 of electricity a year (if it lasts that long). An LED bulb costs $25, but uses
less than $5 worth of electricity per year and will last up to 11 years.