Conserving energy is important both for the health of the planet and the cost of your utility bill — but chances are, your home isn’t operating as efficiently as it could be. Even small changes can add up in big ways, so consider taking one (or all!) of these steps to increase the efficiency of your home.
Adjust the temperature when you aren’t home
If a “smart” thermostat isn’t in the budget, you can still get in the habit of raising or lowering the temperature (depending on the season) when you leave for the workday. That way, you won’t be running the air conditioner or the heat in an empty home unnecessarily.
Seal your windows in the winter
Either apply shrink film or add weather stripping around the frame to keep drafts from coming in through your windows.
Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth, fill the sink to do dishes instead of constantly running the tap or consider installing lower flow shower heads.
Upgrade your exterior doors
Over time, your door may have warped. If it no longer fits the doorframe properly, it’s time to upgrade to a new door that will better insulate your home.
Replace your lightbulbs
Switch all of your incandescent lightbulbs to energy efficient bulbs like Halogen or LEDs, which will last longer and conserve energy.
These five changes might seem insignificant, but combined, they can make a big difference. Take steps toward a more efficient home today.