Wallet-Friendly Ways to Go Green
Energy-saving home improvements don’t have to cost a bundle. Roll out a Grant to accomplish any of the following projects, and then watch your utility bills shrink.
Install Low-cost Lighting
Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs have emerged as the most efficient alternative to incandescents: they use 85 percent less energy and last 20 years longer. Swap in some LED bulbs around the house to see serious savings.
Seal Gaps, Cracks and Holes
As tightly built as today’s homes may be, there are still many places for air to escape, bringing your heating and cooling dollars along with it. Stop the flow with affordable foam sealants, caulk and weatherstripping.
Bulk up Home Insulation
Many homes simply don’t have enough insulation, especially in the ceiling, where most heat loss occurs. For around $30 a roll, you can add six inches of insulation to this zone and feel immediate results.
Get a Smart Thermostat
A clock setback thermostat can cut heating costs by 10 percent. Program it to warm or cool living spaces when you’re home, and ease up on the climate control when you’re not.
Cut Hot Water Waste
Most tank hot water heaters work 24/7 to maintain your household supply. So, until you can go tankless, wrap your heater with a water heater blanket to reduce heat loss, and dial the heat setting down to 110 degrees. You’ll still have plenty of hot water comfort, but without the energy waste.