Going green has become increasingly popular over the past decade, and now it is easier and easier to increase your home’s energy efficiency.  There are several simple changes you can make around your home to increase its efficiency.
  1. Update your windows.  New replacement windows can save you on your heating and cooling bill by minimizing the amount of air gaps.  Maximize the amount of natural light in your home to save on your electricity bill as well.
  2. Keep the moisture out with replacement siding.  You’ll decrease maintenance AND energy costs.
  3. Have your home inspected.  Have a home inspector who specializes in green practices audit your home, so you know the projects that will actually help to make YOUR home more efficient.
  4. Plant more trees. In the winter, the bare branches allows for the sunlight to reach your home, while the same branches keep it shaded from infrared rays in the hot summer months.
  5. Replace your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps.  While, CFLs might initially cost more than the others, in the long run they will save you money and save the environment.