There are several ways to improve the energy-efficiency of your home—and many are too costly for the average homeowner to finance. The truth is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to reap the benefits of increased energy-efficiency. In fact, you can save up to 30 percent on energy bills every month with a simple, DIY home energy audit, plus the following inexpensive fixes:
1. Take advantage of the automatic setting on your air conditioner. This turns your AC and heater automatically on or off to save energy.
2. Pay attention to rooms that you are not using. Close those air vents in order to avoid needlessly cooling or heating unused spaces.
3. Look for openings around window and door frames where air can enter or escape the home. Block them with weather strips or draft guards.
4. Non-insulated attics are a major source of energy loss, as they do not effectively protect your home’s interior from outside temperatures. Make sure to insulate your attic properly and ask for help from a certified contractor if you are not sure how to do it yourself.
5. Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED or CFL models that last much longer and save significant amounts of energy and money in the long run.