We are often asked the question: "How can I make my home more energy efficient ?" Especially during the winter months when energy bills soar.

To help quell your high energy bills and make your house more green, we handcrafted this "Top 5" list of the most energy efficient tips for your home.

    1. Install a programmable thermostat. This handy-dandy tool will automatically turn down the temperature of your home when you leave, and automatically turn up the heat when you get back. According to the United States Department of Energy, you could save about $180 a year using a programmable thermostat.
    2. Maintain your attic. We often forget about the attic since we aren't in there every day. However, it's one of the most crucial areas of your home for energy efficiency. For attic maintenance , check to see if the insulation is falling apart or if it's leaking. If so, we highly recommend that you add insulation to your attic. Also, check the access to your attic. If it's not properly insulated you could run into ice dam issues.
    3. Invest in a whole house humidifier. Oftentimes, people turn up the heat in their homes because they feel cold. Whole house humidifiers allow you to feel warmer with cooler temperatures. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, you can save up to 4% on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat. Whole house humidifiers can also reduce the amount of allergens in your home (good for those with indoor or outdoor allergies) and prolong the life of your roof, which is always a good thing.
    4. Check your doors and windows. Are they drafty? Can you easily hear the cold wind howling outside? If so, you should consider installing energy efficient ones. Energy Star reports that energy efficient window installation and door installation can lower your household energy bill by 7-15% (For additional tips: read about weatherstripping doors and shrinking wrapping windows.)
    5. Insulate your hot water heater. Doing so helps cut your home's CO2 emissions and you can save 4%-9% in water heating costs.

Do you have your own energy efficient ideas? Leave your green tips in the comments section below.

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