Energy efficiency is a concern for many homeowners.  By reducing energy usage, your utility bills will be less expensive. Here are 7 ways to make your home more energy-efficient.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is relatively inexpensive and can drastically reduce your energy bill. Program the device to adjust the temperature depending on the time of day. In winter, you don’t need to heat your home while you’re away at work. You can program the thermostat to warm up the house just before you’ll arrive home.

Add Insulation to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient

Thin or damaged insulation won’t retain heat well. Add new insulation in the attic to help heat your home more efficiently. A well-insulated house stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter without the heating and cooling system having to work as hard. Another way to better insulate your home is to fix drafts around windows and doors. Replace any worn-out weatherstripping and use caulk to fill in gaps and cracks.

Use Energy-Efficient Lighting

Installing energy-efficient lightbulbs instead of standard incandescent ones is another easy way to make your home more energy-efficient. New LED bulbs last longer, provide more light, and use less energy than standard bulbs.

Replace or Upgrade Windows

If you have older, drafty windows, it may be time to replace them. Replacing your windows makes your home better insulated. You’ll see significant savings if you’re replacing single-pane windows with double or triple-paned ones.

Make Your Home Energy-Efficient by Unplugging Appliances

Don’t leave all of your appliances and devices plugged in when you aren’t using them. Even if they aren’t on, plugged-in electronics use electricity. Unplugging things like gaming systems, printers, TVs, and coffee makers prevents them from continuing to draw energy, saving you money every month.

Tips for Washing and Drying Clothes

Washing machines consume a lot of energy when using hot water. Using cold water for your laundry cycle is the more efficient choice. Use a laundry detergent that is specifically designed for cold water.

If you have an outdated washing machine and water heater, you will save on water and electric bills by upgrading to new models. Also, instead of using the dryer, hang clothes to dry. Smaller loads use as much energy as larger ones. Wait to wash clothes until you have a full load.

Make the Appliances in Your Home Energy-Efficient

Each year, new appliance models become more efficient. If it’s time to replace a major appliance in your home, shop for Energy Star-certified models. New machines may seem pricey, but the replacement cost will be offset by the amount of money you’ll save on energy bills over time.

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