It’s not only about utility bills: 4 reasons to make your home more energy-efficient

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Homeowners love to make home improvements. And while kitchen and bathroom makeovers can be fun, enhancing your home’s energy efficiency can be even more enticing once you consider the benefits:

  • Saving money.
  • Making your home more comfortable.
  • Improving the resale value.
  • Reducing environmental harm.

What’s more, homeowners don’t have to choose among these attractions, says David Arkush, managing director at Public Citizen.

“We tend to think there are trade-offs and we have to decide between whether we care about the environment or we care about our own pocketbooks or convenience. Here, they go together,” Arkush says.

Energy-saving upgrades include:

  • Compact fluorescent lightbulbs.
  • Programmable thermostats.
  • Blankets for older water heaters.
  • Double-paned windows.
  • Appliances that use less electricity.
  • Weatherstripping around doors and windows.
  • Caulking around utility pipe cut-throughs, chimneys and recessed lighting.
  • Improved attic or crawl space and in-wall insulation.