Want to help save the world (or just to save a couple bucks on heating and cooling)? Try these 7 upgrades to create your dream energy efficient home.

Are you dreaming of lower electric bills and a smaller carbon footprint? Have you been eyeballing that house that produces all of its own energy? If you’re wanting to turn your house into a more energy efficient home, you have a lot of options.

Whether you’re worried about your environmental impact or just looking to lower your water and electric bills, there are many things you can do to improve the efficiency of your home.

Achieving An Energy Efficient Home Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint.

Making your house more energy efficient doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You don’t have to start by installing expensive solar panels on your roof. You can save money by doing something as simple as adding more insulation to your attic.

Don’t be afraid to start small. Every step you take towards a more efficient home is important, even if subtle. The environment isn’t demanding you make a huge, flashy change.

Many of these upgrades are also eligible for a federal tax credit. They’ll benefit the environment and your wallet!

  1. Replace Your Doors

A surprising amount of heat escapes your house through the windows and doorways. If you have a sliding glass door or one without insulation, your central air may have to work overtime.

Install steel frame doors with an insulated core. These more effectively seal your house from the elements. While shopping, look for doors with an Energy Star label.

Sliding glass doors let out a huge amount of heat, even when weatherproofed. Consider replacing them with hinged doors. If that’s not feasible, make sure they have metal frames and a thermal break.

  1. Add More Insulation

Insulating your attic can cut your electric bill in half, especially in the winter. The attic is the greatest source of heat loss in the entire house, but that can be mended easily.

A few rolls of insulation will cost you a couple hundred dollars, depending on the size of your attic. It’ll take a few hours to lay them down, but it’ll pay off when you see the next heating bill.

Your attic insulation should be at least ten inches thick for maximum efficiency. Explore your insulation options before deciding what will be best for your home. Fiberglass batting is the most popular and least expensive option, but your home may be better suited for prefabricated panels or a sprayed foam.

  1. Replace Your Windows

Just like your exterior doors, old windows let out a surprising amount of heat. Modern windows offer insulation without compromising aesthetics. Look for a wood frame model, as they offer the most insulation and value.

Windows are graded by the EPA on their energy efficiency. Look for the Energy Star logo on the windows you want to buy.

If you’re able to purchase larger or wider windows, this can also cut down your electric bill as they will let in more sunlight.

Look for a reputable window replacement company in your area and don’t hesitate to get a quote. This project is not easy to DIY, as an incorrectly fitted window can prove disastrous.

  1. Install Low-Flow Fixtures

Low-flow plumbing fixtures use much less water than traditional ones. Without compromising water pressure, low-flow shower heads and faucets will cut your water bill noticeably. Low-flow fixtures are easy to find at hardware stores, along with the equipment used to install them.

You can expect to pay less than $60 for each fixture, and they’re simple to install even if you have no plumbing experience. This is a project you can finish in an afternoon and reap the benefits for months. It’s an easy home upgrade you can feel good about.

  1. Caulk Your Windows Well

Weatherstripping your windows is imperative to an efficient home. Even if your windows themselves are solid, air may leak through their frame if not sealed properly. This is a process you should repeat every fall, as the air turns cooler.

Caulking and sealing your windows is easy and inexpensive. A can of exterior caulk will only put you out $20, and your home will thank you.

After sealing your windows, also check your doorways and any gaps in siding. These are also vulnerable points for air leaks and require maintenance.

  1. Replace Your Appliances

If you have older appliances, especially in your kitchen, they may be using more energy than they’re worth. Conserve energy and upgrade your home by replacing your home appliances with more modern ones.

Make sure that your new appliances have the Energy Star logo on them. This guarantees that the appliance is approved as energy-efficient by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Since this requires more money upfront, you may only be able to replace one appliance at a time. Start by replacing the oldest one, especially if it is over fifteen years old. Otherwise, replacing your air conditioner and refrigerator should be the first to go, as they use the most energy.

  1. Replace Your Light Bulbs

This is the easiest step that you can take on your journey to an environmentally friendly home. LED bulbs cost around $2 per bulb, but last twenty times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. They’re also popular and easy to find at hardware and grocery stores.

LED bulbs will save you money in the long run, as you can go years without having to replace them. The average lifespan of an LED bulb is 20,000 hours. You can find LED bulbs in a spectrum of fun colors to liven up your home as well.

Your Dream Green Home Is Within Reach

Making your home more Earth-friendly doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. The smallest steps you can take are often the most effective. Reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t have to break the bank!

If many of these appeal to you but you don’t know that you can lay insulation yourself or perform a whole house window replacement on your own for your new energy efficient home, call a team of experts. They’ll know the best ways to save energy and money, and will treat your home with care. Don’t hesitate to get a quote!