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.