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29 Ways to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient

Are you interested in making your home more energy-efficient — and saving money? Discover whether there are some big (or small) energy-saving opportunities that you’re missing.

  • Energy auditor:Get an energy audit from your utility company.

  • Light bulbs: Swap out incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent or LED options.

  • Sun/window treatments: Use the light and heat from the sun to selectively warm your house by opening your blinds or curtains.

  • Power strips: Flip the switch on power strips when you’re done using electronics.

  • Weather-stripping on windows: If windows aren’t airtight, you can weather-strip them to protect against drafts.

  • Water heater: Replace older water heaters, and keep your water set at a reasonable temperature (not too hot!).

  • Rain cistern: Collect rainwater for watering flowers or grass outside your house.

  • Compost container: Start composting for a natural (free) garden fertilizer and to reduce waste.

  • Showerhead: Swap out your showerhead for a low-flow version.

  • Thermostat: A smarter thermostat can save you energy by adjusting through the day.

  • Attic insulation: Air-sealing or insulating your attic will keep your house warmer (or cooler).

  • Attic bathroom with water under sink turned off: Turn off water in out-of-the-way bathrooms to save water.

  • Ceiling fans: Ceiling fans might be a workable alternative to air conditioning.

  • Clothes washer: Use cold or warm water to wash clothes.

  • Dishwasher: Only run full loads of dishes and clothes.

  • Solar screens on windows: Add solar screens to keep your house from overheating in the summer.

  • Solar panels:Solar panels can offset your energy usage.

  • Light-colored roof: A lighter-colored roof will reflect the sun.

  • Reclaimed wood floors: Reclaimed wood floors look great and don’t require felling new trees.

  • Storm doors: Combat leaking warm or cool air outside with storm doors.

  • Refrigerator:Upgrade your appliances to energy-efficient models.

  • Laptop computer: Use a laptop instead of a desktop.

  • Trees: Plant trees for shade.

  • Roof ridge vents:Roof ridge vents let heat escape from your attic.

  • Wind turbine: Offset energy costs with a wind turbine.

  • Concrete counter: Concrete is cheap, looks great, and is a green countertop upgrade.

  • Low-flow toilet: Save gallons of water every time you flush with a low-flow toilet.

  • Xeriscaped front lawn: Xeriscaped lawns look great and don’t take as much water to maintain.

  • Manual push mower: A green alternative to a riding or motorized push mower is a manual push mower. 

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