Making your home more energy efficient.. in just 8 easy steps!

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Making your home energy-efficient can be as costly or as inexpensive as you choose to make it. From replacing appliances to installing weather stripping, there are dozens of ways to make your home operate more efficiently. If you are looking to green your home, read on!

 Here are eight ways to make your home more energy-efficient:

Replace Your Old Refrigerator
If your refrigerator was made before 1993, it’s time to replace it. These dinosaurs used far more electronic components than their modern day cousins. A new fridge will cost approximately half of the amount of money to run, and a fridge with a top-mount freezer will save you 25 percent more on top of that! When shopping for a refrigerator, look for the size that you actually need. Avoid the temptation to buy a fridge with all of the bells and whistles if you don’t need them.

Your Attic
While it can be incredibly time consuming and costly to insulate your walls, insulating your attic can be done over a weekend. Insulation reduces the heat flow out of the house in the winter and into the house in the summer, reducing your need to run your heating and cooling systems as often.

Replace Your Windows
If your windows are old, consider replacing them with newer, energy-efficient models. If you can’t afford to replace all of your old windows, you should, at the very least, replace the weatherstripping around them. It isn’t cost-effective to replace all of your windows simply to save on energy costs. You will almost never recoup the money you spend. If you’re looking to replace your windows for other reasons, you can save between seven and 24 percent of your heating and cooling bills.
Landscape Your Yard
If you live in an older house with inadequate insulation, plant deciduous trees on the west side of your home. By planting trees and shrubs on the west side you’ll block infrared radiation from entering your structure in the summer, and allow the sun’s radiation to enter in the winter.
Cover Your Windows with Solar Film
If you have single-pained windows and don’t plan on replacing them, cover the outside with solar film. Doing so will reflect the sun’s rays away from your home, keeping your house cooler in the summer than it would be otherwise. When your house is cooler, you are less likely to turn on your air conditioning unit.
Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
By swapping out ten light bulbs in your home for compact fluorescent bulbs, you can save anywhere from $100 to $400 a year on your energy bills. This is quite a significant savings when compared to the inexpensive cost of the bulbs.

Install an Attic Fan
Attic fans are fairly inexpensive and easy to install. Attic fans consume far less energy and can keep your house fairly cool in the summer, reducing the drain on your air conditioning unit.

Install a Programmable Thermostat
Your heating and cooling systems should be turned down at night and when you’ll be away. To make it easier to remember, install a programmable thermostat. In the summer, program the temperature higher when you’ll be at work or on vacation. In the winter, program the thermostat lower when you’ll be asleep or out of the house.
There are dozens of ways to make your home more energy-efficient. If you decide to buy big-ticket items or take on large projects, a payday loan can help you afford the costs, especially when there is urgency in the situation. When weighing the cost versus the benefits of making your home more energy-efficient, don’t forget to consider the overall cost savings. You may be surprised at just how quickly your money comes back to you.

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