Home Tip Of The Week: Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

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Do you have a new year’s resolution for your home? Here are a few we’ve put together to become more energy efficient in 2016.

  • Buy energy-smart lightbulbs. CFLs can last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use 75% less energy.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. These devices pay for themselves after a few months with savings on your electricity bill.
  • Seal doors and windows. Get rid of pesky drafts.
  • Update your insulation. Keep cool in summer and trap your heat in the winter.
  • Install low-flow toilets and shower heads. Save thousands of gallons of water per year.
  • Replace old appliances. Older appliances are less energy-efficient than newer models. Purchase Energy Star certified appliances.
  • Plant shade trees near the house. Place on the west and southwest sides to keep your home cooler.
  • Clean air ducts. Improve air flow and put less stress on your furnace
  • Replace furnace air filters often. Dirty filters make your furnace work harder.
  • Revamp your windows. Replace aluminum frames with vinyl and add multiple panes.
  • Finally, make sure to take advantage of the tax incentives for energy-efficient home improvements available through the federal government.